Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Rush Limbaugh (died February 17th, aged 70)

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Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh died on February 17th at the age of 70. According to his wife, Kathryn Rogers Limbaugh, his death was attributed to complications of lung cancer. The political commentator learned he had Stage 4 lung cancer in January 2020.

Best known as the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show, which aired on over 600 radio stations across the U.S., Limbaugh was one of the premier conservative voices in the country during the 1990s. Though he garnered controversies due to his statements on race, LGBT matters, feminism, sexual consent, and climate change, the polarizing Limbaugh was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address.

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Interesting facts about BTS
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  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
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