Rush Limbaugh on Monday announced during his nationally syndicated radio show that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
The 69-year-old radio host — considered as one of the most influential in radio among conservatives — added that he is going to be out for several days as he undergoes treatment.
Limbaugh said he was experiencing shortness of breath before seeing doctors who discovered the problem.
“So, I want to inform you something today that I wish I didn’t need to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to tell my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
The host said he hopes to be back on the air Thursday.
“This day has been one among the most heartbreaking and difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming. I’m sure that you all know by now that I don’t like talking about myself and that I don’t like making things about me,” Limbaugh said after his broadcast.
“One thing that I do know, that is going on over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been a fantastic bond that had developed between all of you and me,” he continued.
Limbaugh also added that his hosting job had given him “greatness satisfaction and happiness.”
“Every day I’m not here, I will be missing you and thinking of you,” Limbaugh said as he signed off.
Limbaugh recently signed a long-term contract. The deal was first announced, unofficially, by President Trump at a rally in Miami last month.
“We have great people. Rush just signed another four-year contract,” Trump said. “He just wants four more years, OK?”
Limbaugh began his nationally syndicated show 31 years ago.