Rush Limbaugh, the undeniably entertaining yet also controversial radio talk show host, has died. Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, his wife of over 10 years, made the announcement live on-air during Limbaugh's radio show. She told his audience,
"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."
Kathryn had recently celebrated her 44th birthday, which made her 26 years younger than her famous husband — and only 12 years older than his talk show. She wasn't Rush's first wife. He'd been married three times before, with each of his previous marriages ending in divorce.
While you'd think the age gap might have given Kathryn some doubts about becoming wife number four, she evidently preferred older men. As she once told the Palm Beach Post,
"I grew up so differently, traveling around the world, that I'm sometimes not able to relate to the average person my age. [...] Rush has such amazing experience."
Rush and Kathryn tied the knot in June of 2010 after dating since 2007. The wedding took place in Limbaugh's Palm Beach residence, a not-so-modest beachfront property that the New York Daily News described as a "mansion." The reception was held at The Breakers, a luxury resort that dates from the late 19th century and has hosted such American nobility as the Astors, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts as well as Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan. While none of those notables were alive to attend the Limbaugh nuptials, the 400-person guest list did include such prominent conservatives as former Bush adviser Karl Rove, Fox News host Sean Hannity, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
One thing that took people by surprise about the Limbaughs' Hawaiian luau-themed bash was the musical entertainment. Headlining the event was none other than Elton John, a man whose lifestyle didn't really seem to jibe with Limbaugh's ultra-conservative views. Elton and his fans are hard to pigeonhole, though. He had previously played at Donald and Melania Trump's wedding, and he had been asked, although chose not to, to appear at Trump's 2017 inauguration. Elton John was reportedly paid $1 million to perform at Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh's wedding.
Kathryn Limbaugh could be considered an American blue blood in her own right. According to People, she is a direct descendant of John Adams, the second President of the United States. Her father, Richard Rogers graduated from the Naval Academy alongside another conservative stalwart, the late Senator John McCain.
Rogers was a naval captain and then a businessman with global interests, so little Kathryn had a rather glamorous, well-traveled upbringing. Her family made their homes in such far-flung places as Guinea-Bissau, London, Rio de Janeiro, the Philippines, and Hawaii.
Kathryn's father passed away in 2018. While Kathryn herself grew up in a fairly large family, alongside her brothers Richard Rogers Jr. and Jonathan Rogers and her sister, Wendy Hazel, she and Rush never had children of their own.
At the time Rush and Kathryn met, she was working as an event planner. Her work, in fact, was what led to their meeting. In 2004, she was organizing a charity golf tournament, he was a celebrity participant, and they evidently hit it off. They did not begin dating until several years later, though, after Limbaugh's third marriage had come to an end. Yet another event Kathryn was involved with, the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami, led to the two attending a fundraiser together. It was at this time that their relationship became public knowledge.
Several years after the Limbaughs wed, Kathryn suggested that Rush write a children's book to "teach American history in a fun and engaging way." According to reports, Rush was all-in on the idea, but got his bride to collaborate on the creation. According to the Adventures of Rush Revere website, Kathryn's name is listed as co-author on the covers of books three through five of what became a five-book series.
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