In the wake of the shocking death of conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh following a battle with lung cancer, many of the talk show host’s fans and friends are remembering him for more than just his political commentary.
Among those looking back on the legacy of Limbaugh is country music star John Rich, who revealed Wednesday that Limbaugh had once donated $100,000 to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital on his behalf when Rich was a contestant on TV’s Celebrity Apprentice, The Daily Caller reported.
“When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St. Jude Children’s Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous,” Rich, known best for being a member of the country groups Lonestar and Big & Rich, tweeted Wednesday morning, after news of Limbaugh’s death first broke.
The conservative icon was 70.
“I never said a word”
“I never said a word until now,” Rich said of Limbaugh’s charitable donation. “He will be missed.”
When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St Jude Children’s Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous. I never said a word until now. He will be missed. #RIPRushLimbaugh
— John Rich (@johnrich) February 17, 2021
Of course, that wasn’t Limbaugh’s only gift to charity. OANN’s Jack Posobiec shared in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that the talk show star had “raised $47 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the course of his radio show in annual telethons with matching donations.”
Not seeing anyone post this, but Rush raised $47 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the course of his radio show in annual telethons with matching donations
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 17, 2021
That claim from Posobiec was confirmed by The Political Insider in a piece that sought to highlight the tens of millions of dollars Limbaugh personally donated or helped raise for charity over the years.
Big money from Rush
In 2008, Forbes magazine named Limbaugh the fourth most charitable celebrity after it was revealed that the radio host had donated $4.2 million — or about 13% of his $33 million in earnings that year — to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which supports the families of service members who died in the line of duty.
More recently, in 2019, Limbaugh helped raise over $5 million — of which $2 million came directly from him — for the Tunnels to Towers Foundation that supports the families of first responders who die in the line of duty.
He also reportedly donated $500,000 in 2018 to the Dana Farber Cancer Clinic in Boston. But you don’t hear those on the left talking about any of that, do you?