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Many tributes came pouring in Wednesday afternoon after the death of legendary talk show host Rush Limbaugh. One of his many supporters was the 45th President of the United States, who released a statement after the news of the entertainment icon’s passing at the age of 70.

“The great Rush Limbaugh has passed away to a better place, free from physical pain and hostility. His honor, courage, strength, and loyalty will never be replaced,” Donald Trump Sr. said.

“Rush was a patriot, a defender of Liberty, and someone who believed in all of the greatness our Country stands for. Rush was a friend to myself and millions of Americans—a guiding light with the ability to see the truth and paint vivid pictures over the airwaves.

“Melania and I express our deepest condolences to his wonderful wife, Kathryn, his family, and all of his dedicated fans. He will be missed greatly.”

Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer last year. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom by Trump at the State of the Union speech shortly after learning the devastating news. The former President befriended the talk show host before his initial run for the presidency back in 2016. Trump even guest-hosted for Limbaugh during his reelection bid last year.

Kathryn Limbaugh made the announcement on her late husband’s passing on his radio show Wednesday. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” she told listeners. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”

Over the past few years, Limbaugh decided to broadcast his nationally syndicated show from his home studio in Palm Beach, Fla. The top-rated conservative talk program attracted 30 million listeners weekly across more than 600 radio stations coast-to-coast in the U.S. on the EIB Network.

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