Rush Limbaugh: Controversial US radio host dies of advanced lung cancer aged 70

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The conservative US radio commentator Rush Limbaugh has died.

Limbaugh, 70, was a staunch supporter of Donald Trump during his time in office - and was known for his controversial views on climate change, feminism and homosexuality.

Last February, the talk show host had told his listeners that he was suffering from advanced lung cancer.

A day later, Limbaugh was awarded with the presidential medal of freedom during Mr Trump's State of the Union address.

The radio personality's death was announced by his wife Kathryn on his nationally syndicated show.

She said: "It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer.

"As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult - even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.

"Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant, brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind, extremely generous, passionate, courageous and the hardest-working person I know."