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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 1, 2010

Limbaugh 'in good hands' at Queen's

By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Rush Limbaugh

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Two television satellite uplink trucks were parked across the street from The Queen’s Medical Center, where conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was taken.

EUGENE TANNER | Associated Press

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The Rush Limbaugh watch continued yesterday, yielding scraps of news and no sightings of the conservative talk radio host by media members staking out his Honolulu hospital.

A message posted on Limbaugh's Web site yesterday said Limbaugh was "resting comfortably after suffering chest pains."

Limbaugh was taken from the Kahala Hotel and Resort, where he was staying, to The Queen's Medical Center Wednesday after suffering chest pains.

The hospital issued a statement confirming that Limbaugh was admitted to the facility but would not confirm that Limbaugh was still a patient yesterday.

Walter E. Williams, the guest host yesterday for Limbaugh's popular radio show, indicated that Limbaugh was still at the hospital.

"Wednesday, he was taken to a hospital in Honolulu after complaining of chest pains," Williams said on the show. "Those pains were the kind of pains that makes one feel like he has a heart attack coming on, but it's not been confirmed that it was a heart attack.

"Today, Thursday, he'll have a more complete examination and we'll know more," Williams said. "And we'll keep everyone informed when there's information to share. We just don't have a lot of information to share right now. Know this, though: Rush is in good and stable condition, comfortable — as comfortable as one can be in a hospital while on vacation — and he's in good hands."

News of Limbaugh's ailment spread quickly shortly after paramedics and Fire Department crews responded to the 2:41 p.m. call to the hotel Wednesday.

A few national reporters covering President Obama's vacation here pulled double duty to cover the breaking Limbaugh story, joining local media encamped across the street from The Queen's Medical Center.

One Honolulu TV station maintained an all-night vigil at the spot Wednesday and provided a live report to a national morning news program.

By late afternoon yesterday, however, the media presence had dissipated and the Department of Education lawn where reporters had spent the previous night was clear.

With the Limbaugh camp still providing scant information, the breaking Limbaugh news of the day was a Washington-based physician's group that advocates a plant-based diet sending Limbaugh a fruit basket from local business Down to Earth Natural Foods.

The accompanying letter from Dr. Neal Barnard encouraged Limbaugh to "take a conservative approach to your diet."