Rush Limbaugh announced during his nationally-syndicated radio show on Monday that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
The 69-year-old right-wing radio host told listeners that he will be out for the next several days as he undergoes treatment.
Limbaugh said he sought medical help after experiencing shortness of breath.
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform 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.”
Limbaugh said he hopes to be back on the air Thursday.
“This day has been one of the most 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 really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me,” Limbaugh said at the end of his broadcast.
“One thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me,” he continued.
“Every day I’m not here, I’ll be missing you and thinking about you,” Limbaugh said as he signed off.
Limbaugh recently attacked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, suggesting people living with autism are “not well” and claiming Democrats “go out and they find disabled people.”
In July he described Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former President Barack Obama as not being truly black.