ONE year after husband Rush Limbaugh's death, widow Kathryn Limbaugh said that the conservative radio host would be "furious" at the United States for "not being as strong as it has been."
In an interview with Fox News, Kathryn recalled delivering the news on-air to listeners shortly after her husband died from complications related to stage four lung cancer on February 17, 2021.
"I knew this audience would remember where they were when they lost their hero," Kathryn said, explaining her decision to personally inform the world only hours after Rush died at 70.
"Rush always said that this audience meant everything to him."
Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt asked Kathryn, 45, how her late husband would feel about the state of the nation in the year since his death.
"He would be rather furious," Kathryn said.
"He would be upset with the United States not being as strong as it has been and should be."
She also said that in the wake of Rush's death, her hope is that his listeners will "make sure that we continue our American values, that we continue to have pride for our symbols.
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"I call him America's Winston Churchill," Kathryn said with a smile. "This was the nation's loss."
The death of the renowned political commentator rocked the country and saw the flags across Florida lowered to half mast in his honor.
Rush's death even spurred Donald Trump's first interview after leaving the White House, and the former president said "Rush was a friend to myself and millions of Americans – guiding light with the ability to see the truth and paint vivid pictures over the airwaves."
Last year, Kathryn, who married Rush in 2010, said her husband's funeral in St. Louis, Missouri "reminded her of Arlington," the historical cemetery in Virginia.
"It was an absolutely gorgeous day, slightly chilly, but nothing like the snow that Missouri had had a few days prior. The sun was shining brightly and the really crisp air and this cemetery is very historic.
"And just to picture it, it might remind you a bit of Arlington or other historic cemeteries around the world, with winding hills and pathways and big trees that are bare right now but in the upcoming months they will be full and green and very lovely to walk around," Kathryn said.
In December 2019, Talkers Magazine estimated that Limbaugh's radio show attracted a weekly audience of 15.5million listeners, becoming the most-listened-to radio show in the US.
The 70-year-old radio host was one of the premiere voices of the conservative movement in the US since the 1990s.
He dominated the airwaves with his attacks on liberals, Democrats, feminists, environmentalists and others.
He was a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcaster Hall of Fame.
In 2020, Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Donald Trump, after announcing he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
Trump called him "the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet."
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