The following follows Matzav.com‘s first report here last night: Rush Limbaugh, the conservative U.S. talk radio host, is “resting comfortably” in a Honolulu hospital after suffering chest pains, his program said in a statement.Limbaugh, whose show is heard on about 600 radio stations, was admitted to the hospital yesterday, as first reported here on Matzav.com. He “appreciates your prayers and well wishes,” it said.
Paramedics took Limbaugh, 58, to Queen’s Medical Center after responding to a 2:41 p.m. call at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, the Honolulu-based television station KITV said on its Web site. He was sitting in a chair in his ninth-floor hotel room when emergency crews arrived and told them he was taking medication for a back problem, the station said.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment. Rachel Nelson, a spokeswoman for Clear Channel Communications Inc.’s Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates Limbaugh’s show, didn’t immediately respond to telephone and e-mailed requests for comment after business hours.
Limbaugh is visiting Honolulu during the holidays and was seen golfing at a country club next to the hotel earlier this week, according to the report. President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, are also staying in Hawaii, KITV.com said.
Limbaugh received a cochlear implant in 2001 after losing his hearing due to autoimmune inner ear disease, according to the report.
In 2003, he checked into a treatment program, telling listeners he became addicted to pain medication after spinal surgery.