Controversial radio legend Don Imus dead at 79

Written by on January 29, 2020

Controversial radio legend Don Imus is dead at the age of 79, according to multiple media outlets.

Imus, the country’s first “shock jock” known for his edgy, sometimes over the line humor had five decades behind the microphone, even having his program nationally syndicated and simulcast on television.

With fame came controversy, however, as Imus was fired in recent years by CBS radio for racist comments he made about Rutgers women’s basketball players.

He was also accused by Fox News weather personality Janice Dean of being verbally abusive to her, making comments about her weight and intelligence at times.

Imus was known for pulling in well-known guests to interview and for a sharp wit over the years, however, paving the way for the likes of Howard Stern and other radio personalities.

He was also the morning personality at New York’s WFAN, helping the station develop into a radio powerhouse.

He’s survived by his wife, Deirdre; daughters Nadine, Ashley, Elizabeth and Toni; and sons Wyatt and Lt. Zachary Don Cates.

“Don loved and adored Deirdre, who unconditionally loved him back,” the family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “[He] loved spending his time watching Wyatt become a highly-skilled, champion rodeo rider and calf roper, and loved and supported Zachary, who first met the Imus family at age 10 when he participated in the Imus Ranch program for kids with cancer, having battled and overcome leukemia, eventually becoming a member of the Imus family and Don and Deirdre’s second son.”

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