Popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a hospital in Hawaii this afternoon with chest pains. It has not been made clear at this point if he has had a heart attack.
KITV television station said Limbaugh was in serious condition at Honolulu’s The Queen’s Medical Center after being treated at a hotel by paramedics, citing unnamed sources.
Hospital administration coordinator Wendy Rogers told Reuters she could not comment on the report. Due to patient confidentiality rules, it is up to patients to decide if they want information to be released, she added.
Limbaugh, a popular but controversial voice in American politics, was vacationing in Hawaii at the same time as Democratic President Barack Obama and his family.
According to the report, Rush was in “serious condition” when he arrived to the hospital.
Attempts to reach a rep for Limbaugh were unsuccessful.
UPDATE #1: TMZ has confirmed paramedics did respond to the Kahala at 2:41 to attend to someone with “chest discomfort.”
UPDATE: 11:29 PM EST — Sources inside the hotel tell TMZ the hotel took drastic measures to get the mystery patient — reported to be Rush Limbaugh — out of the resort without being seen.
We’re told hotel security shut down a wing of the hotel and the guest elevators — the patient was transported using the employee elevator bank.
Rush Limbaugh was admitted to a Honolulu hospital with chest pains around 3:00 PM local time today, which was a little before 8:00 PM in his home state of Florida. His condition was reported to be “serious.”
The 58-year old talk-show host was vacationing at the Kahala Hotel, a 345-room luxury resort with its own, private 800′ beach, just 10 minutes from Waikiki. Paramedics treated him briefly before transporting him by ambulance to Queen’s Medical Center.
Limbaugh’s medical history does not include any known heart attacks. In 2001, he told his listeners that he had lost most of his hearing as a result of an autoimmune inner-ear condition. This necessitated a surgical procedure to place an electronic device in his skull to restore his hearing.