KEY POINTS

  • Rush Limbaugh has said that his lung cancer is terminal
  • He had said after his February diagnosis that he was recovering, but announced on his show that it had reversed course
  • Social media responses to the news were mixed

Rush Limbaugh, prominent right-wing radio host, has announced that his lung cancer is terminal.

Limbaugh has been coping with the disease since February, and had previously said that his cancer “had been reduced, and it had become manageable,” reports CNN. On Monday, however, he had far less encouraging news for his devoted radio audience.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, after being awarded the Medal of Freedom by Melania Trump during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, after being awarded the Medal of Freedom by Melania Trump during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN

He discussed his turn for the worse on his radio show “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which has been in production for over 30 years. He said the latest scans of his cancer showed nothing “dramatic, but it is in the wrong direction.” 

"It's tough to realize that the days where I do not think I'm under a death sentence are over," he told his audience. "We all know that we're going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it."

Limbaugh is 69 years old, and has been a consistent and vocal supporter of the U.S. right and Donald Trump. Trump himself appeared on the show two weeks ago, after this year's second presidential debate was canceled. Limbaugh's radio show was renewed in January, although specific terms were not made public.

The news received prompt responses across social media. Limbaugh has a sizeable following, but over the years his divisive rhetoric and political stances have made him plenty of enemies on the left. His detractors, including “Art of the Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, were not sympathetic to the news.