Radio legend Don Imus, a pioneer of the shock-jock format whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Friday at a hospital in College Station, Texas. He was 79.
Imus died near his home in Brenham, after being hospitalized on Christmas Eve. The cause was not immediately released.
“Deirdre, his wife of 25 years, and his son Wyatt, 21, were at his side, and his son Lt. Zachary Don Cates is returning from military service overseas,” a statement from his family said.
Starting in 1968, Imus hosted the popular radio talk show “Imus in the Morning,” which would be aired on various stations over the years until his retirement in 2018.