Don Imus, a controversial radio personality, passes away on Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas.
The cause of his death isn’t known yet
Imus is said to have been known for his witty humor and savage comedy that attracted a number of listeners to his radio show “Imus in the Morning”. Imus in the Morning has been widely popular especially with the over 25-male demographic. Don’s demise news was announced by The Mike and the MadDos show host Mike Francesca, who tweeted on Friday, telling the world the eminent personality will be remembered as one of the true giants in the history of radio.
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough also lamented due to the passing away of Don Imus. The host added that Morning Joe owed its format to Don Imus. No one else could have gotten away with that much talk on cable news and thanked him for his defining role that lifted the radio channel through his words. The Imus in the Morning lasted for as long as three hours. Morning Joe started as a fill-in for Imus in The Morning after Don Imus was fired from MSNBC in 2007.
Don in his old days
Imus made his name in the field of radio through his loud mouth. His listeners enjoyed the way he ridiculed the people. His often coarse satire offended sensibilities. He had taken lots of interviews in his career which included famous personalities like President Clinton, Dan Rather, Tim Russert, Bill Bradley, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani, and political analyst Jeff Greenfield. Jeff Greenfield also appreciated Don as he said that he is out there talking the way most of us talk when we are not in public.
Don Imus hit a low in his career when he passed racist remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. CBS Radio and MSNBC fired him for his actions.
Imus battled a lifelong addiction to drugs and alcohol. In 2009, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.