Rush Limbaugh hospitalized in Hawaii

Radio host is vacationing in Honolulu

HONOLULU -- Rush Limbaugh's radio program said the talk show host is resting comfortably at a Honolulu hospital where he was taken with chest pains.

The program said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh appreciates people's prayers and well-wishes. The statement said Limbaugh will keep his fans updated via RushLimbaugh.com and his radio program.

Limbaugh's chief of staff Kit Carson said Limbaugh is on a vacation that started Dec. 23 and that's due to last through Monday.

He had no information on whether his schedule would change.

A Honolulu television station reported Wednesday that paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m. from the Kahala Hotel and Resort. The station, citing unnamed sources, said Limbaugh was taken to the Queens Medical Center in serious condition.

Limbaugh's three-hour weekday show is heard on some 600 radio stations across the country, and more than 14 million people listen to him at least once a week.

In 2001, Limbaugh reported he had lost most of his hearing due to an autoimmune inner-ear disease. He had surgery to have an electronic device placed in his skull to restore his hearing.

Two years later, Limbaugh acknowledged he was addicted to pain medicine. He blamed the addiction on severe back pain, and took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter rehab.
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