Imus is survived by his wife of 25 years, Deirdre, and sons Wyatt and Lt. Zachary Don Cates.
What follows are some reactions, including many from people he worked with and had an impact on over his career, as well as some from others who couldn't look past Imus' numerous transgressions. As CBS News reporter Anthony Mason wrote, "Love him or hate him (& he gave his audience cause to do both) he was a giant in radio".
Imus was sued in 1998 sexually inappropriate comments, defamation, racist remarks and slander.
Writer for "A Black Lady Sketch Show" Rae Sanni also recalled Imus' past words. "A victory for nappy headed hos everywhere". "And (sorry, haters) [he is] responsible for my 17-year radio career".
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Kylie Jenner shared a video on YouTube showing that her daughter Stormi received a great gift from grandma Kris Jenner . Just recently, she was spotted rocking a $10,000 Birkin bag while out on the streets of NY city with her mother.
The family requests that donations be made to the Imus Ranch Foundation.
A pediatric medical center bearing Imus' name was opened at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
Only at age 28 did he appear on the airwaves.
A small service for Imus will be held in the next few days. The controversy only enhanced his career, a pattern that continued throughout the decades.
A February 2006 profile in Vanity Fair contained the quote that might best serve as Imus' epitaph. His widely-popular morning show was listened to by millions each day.