Rush Limbaugh has been admitted to a Hawaii hospital with chest pains, according to The Associated Press.
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Limbaugh, 58, was rushed to Honolulu's Queen's Medical Center from the Kahala Hotel and Resort, where Limbaugh was vacationing."Rush was admitted to and is resting comfortably in a Honolulu hospital today after suffering chest pains," reps for Limbaugh's radio show said in a statement late Wednesday night. "Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes and will keep you updated via RushLimbaugh.com
and on [his] radio program."
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Limbaugh's radio program airs every weekday on more than 600 radio stations nationwide. Limbaugh was scheduled to return to his show on Jan. 4, but there has been no announcement regarding whether the schedule will change.In 2001, Limbaugh said he had lost nearly all of his hearing because of an autoimmune inner-ear disease. That same year, Limbaugh received a cochlear implant, which placed an electronic device in his skull to restore his hearing. In 2003, Limbaugh took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter rehab for an addiction to pain medication.
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Limbaugh's criticism and parodies of liberal policies began capturing an audience of conservatives in the 1980s. He's since become the highest-rated radio broadcaster in the country, with an average of 14 million listeners tuning in at least once a week. In a poll last month, Americans named Limbaugh the country's most influential conservative voice.