Don Imus — the legendary but controversial radio persona — has died … in response to a household spokesperson.
Imus died Friday at a hospital in Faculty Station, Texas, after being admitted on Christmas Eve. A explanation for dying is unknown at the moment.
The cowboy hat-wearing shock jock’s dying comes lower than 2 years after he retired. His last day on the “Imus within the Morning” radio program was March 29, 2018. Don made the announcement of his retirement through Twitter in January 2018, saying … “Prove the lights…the occasion’s over.”
Imus hosted his radio present for nearly 50 years, and was inducted into the Nationwide Radio Corridor of Fame in 1989.
His radio profession started within the late ’60s, and he began his morning present in 1971 at WNBC in New York Metropolis. Over time, he grew to become well-liked for pushing boundaries on the air … however was additionally identified for making feedback thought-about racist, misogynistic and xenophobic.
Due to that, Don confronted many lawsuits and accusations of defamatory speech, and had a well known rivalry with fellow “shock jock” Howard Stern.
In 2007, Imus made headlines for his offensive remarks concerning the Rutgers Ladies’s Basketball group, who he known as “nappy-headed ‘hos” and “jigaboos.”
He was fired by CBS shortly afterward, however made a return to radio and TV later that yr.
Don was additionally a profitable slapstick comedian, who led an admittedly wild way of life and battled alcoholism and a cocaine dependancy. He went to rehab in 1987, and suffered many well being setbacks afterward … together with a collapsed lung in 1992 and a nasty fall from a horse in 2000.
He revealed to his viewers in 2009 he had been identified with prostate cancer.
Don and his spouse did a variety of charitable work, together with founding the Imus Ranch in 1999 … a corporation that helps children affected by most cancers and blood illness. The ranch closed, nonetheless, in 2014.
Imus is survived by his spouse of 25 years, Deirdre, sons Wyatt and Lt. Zachary Don Cates and daughters Nadine, Ashley, Elizabeth and Toni.