AceShowbiz - Conservative U.S. radio host Rush Limbaugh is battling advanced lung cancer.
The talk radio icon, who boasts millions of listeners and is widely viewed as one of President Donald Trump's most influential media allies, shared the shocking news on his syndicated show on Monday, February 03.
"I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn't have to tell you," the 69-year-old said, according to The Hill. "It's a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can't help but feel that I'm letting everybody down... The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer."
He will be seeking treatment this week (begins February 03), but hopes to return to work on Thursday.
Ending his broadcast, Limbaugh revealed that his 31-year run as the host of his own show has brought him "greatness, satisfaction and happiness," adding, "Every day I'm not here, I'll be missing you (listeners) and thinking about you."
Limbaugh signed a contract extension with Premiere Networks last month, ahead of his diagnosis.