Radio host Don Imus dies at 79 in College Station

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Imus is survived by his wife of 25 years, Deirdre, and sons Wyatt and Lt. Zachary Don Cates.

News and politics editorial director of "Essence" recalled the 2007 Imus' 2007 moment when he was sacked for his derogatory comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

Imus touched on a wide range of topics on the air during his tenure in talk radio. His shows were at various times simulcast to national audiences, including on MSNBC and Fox Business Network.

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".

On Twitter, Imus announced in early 2018 that March 29 of that year would "be the last 'Imus in the Morning Program.' Turn out the lights...the party's over".

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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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.

Born in Riverside, Calif., Don Imus grew up on a ranch in Arizona.

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.

But he rarely missed a chance to get in trouble, even in the good times. He hosted the White House Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner in 1996, Variety said.

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.

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