Radio host Don Imus dies aged 79
Monday, December 30, 2019
United States radio personality, television host, and philanthropist , known to fans as the I-Man, died on Friday at the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in , Texas after being hospitalized since , his family reported. Associated Press reported his cause of death as complications from . He was 79.
Imus' syndicated radio show MSNBC television from 1996 until a racial incident in 2007 and for several years up to 2015 on the Fox Business Network. He was once named one of Time's 25 most influential Americans, and was inducted into the .aired on various networks from 1968 until his retirement in 2018. The show was simulcast on
Known as a Rutgers University as " ." He later apologized for the comment.who made controversial comments, Imus was dropped in 2007 by MSNBC and after he referred to the
Imus is survived by his second wife, their two sons Wyatt and Zachary, and four daughters, Nadine, Ashley, Elizabeth, and Toni, from his previous marriage.
The family's statement on the death read: "Don loved and adored Deirdre, who unconditionally loved him back, loved spending his time watching Wyatt become a highly skilled, champion rodeo rider and calf roper and loved and supported Zachary (Cates), who first met the Imus family at age 10 when he participated in the Imus Ranch program for kids with cancer, having battled and overcome leukemia, eventually becoming a member of the Imus family and Don and Deirdre's second son".
Longtime Imus in the Morning writer and performer tweeted: "He was a rebel, an unapologetic decrier of bullshit, a harsh critic of human behavior & yet an unfailing champion of the underdog, especially sick children. A hermit and humanitarian. Brilliant and maddening & someone you loved to hate and hated to love but when you told him you did he’d say you were a phony. Every professional success I’ve enjoyed is a direct result of my association with the I-Man. I‘m beyond grateful to him for being my boss, my mentor, & my friend. My heart breaks for Deirdre, Wyatt & Zach. Rest easy Cowboy. You’ve earned it."
The account for The Bernie and Sid Show, which replaced Imus in the Morning, hosted byand , who both worked for Imus, tweeted: "I-Man. We salute you. You paved the way for us and many more. A radio legend indeed. RIP #Imus".
As of today, former coworker and long time rival shock jock, with whom Imus feuded, has not commented on the death on his Twitter account. However, earlier this year, Stern said in an interview with he was open to having Imus as a guest on his show.
The family said they planned to have a private funeral service for Imus and asked for donations to the Imus Ranch Foundation, which provides support for families with children suffering from serious diseases.
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