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Published: Friday, 1/1/2010

Radio host Limbaugh remains hospitalized


HONOLULU - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh remained hospitalized in Hawaii yesterday after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack, according to the guest host on his nationally syndicated radio show.

Mr. Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital Wednesday during a vacation.

"He is being treated today, continues to rest comfortably, and remains in good spirits," The Queen's Medical Center said. "Mr. Limbaugh appreciates the prayers and well wishes of his many fans and supporters."

On the radio show, guest host Walter E. Williams described Mr. Limbaugh's pains as similar to the feeling of a "heart attack coming on."

He said doctors haven't confirmed whether the 58-year-old had a heart attack, and more exams were planned.

Mr. Williams said any information about the cause of the pain would have to come from Mr. Limbaugh himself.

"Rush is in good, stable condition and as comfortable as one can be in a hospital while on vacation, but he's in good hands," he said.

Kit Carson, Mr. Limbaugh's chief of staff, said that Mr. Limbaugh left for his Christmas vacation Dec. 23 and was scheduled to return to his show Jan. 4.

Mr. Limbaugh broadcasts from a studio near his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla.

Honolulu television station KITV reported that paramedics took Mr. Limbaugh from the Kahala Hotel and Resort to The Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

The report said Mr. Limbaugh was seen golfing at Waialae Country Club - a country club next to the hotel - earlier this week.

His 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.

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