Controversial radio host Don Imus dies at 79

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The shock jock was among his genre’s pioneers but was known for comments like the racist ones he made against the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

Author: Lucas Robbins, TEGNA

Radio broadcaster Don Imus has died at the age of 79.

The talk show host died on Friday morning at a hospital in College Station, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets citing a family statement.

One of the pioneers of the shock jock style of DJing that features deliberately provocative or candid opinions and takes, he became known as the “I-Man” for his rivalry with Howard Stern, NBC New York says.

Imus had announced his retirement in January of last year saying, “Turn out the lights … the party’s over.” His last day on the radio was March 29, 2018.

The media personality was fired from his spot on CBS radio in 2007 for using a racist slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

He was best known for “Imus in the Morning,” his daily radio show that launched in the early 1970s in New York. It was simulcast by MSNBC since 1996.

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