- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rush Limbaugh announced Monday that his longtime “chief of staff” and trusted friend, Christopher “Kit” Carson, has died of brain cancer at age 56.

Carson died at his home in New Jersey Monday morning after a four-year battle with the disease. Mr. Limbaugh said the cancer had gone into remission about two years ago, but it returned in the fall.

Carson was hired by Mr. Limbaugh 27 years ago to answer phones and mail and basically tell everyone he came into contact with the word “no,” the conservative radio host said.

“He loved saying ‘no,’” Mr. Limbaugh recalled.

“Even though you never heard him, and even though many might not have known who he was or what he did other than hearing me call him chief of staff, he was irreplaceable. And it’s just a very, very sad, unfortunate thing that happens to everybody,” he said.

Mr. Limbaugh said Carson had an “innocent exuberance” about him and never spoke ill of anyone.

Kit Carson, honest to God, never, ever had a bad word to say about anybody. Kit Carson never, never had a critical thing to say about anybody he dealt with, anybody else on the staff. He did not engage in back-stabbing. He did not ever, not a single time, try to undermine anybody else on the staff for his benefit,” Mr. Limbaugh said.

“He’s the guy in the office who had everybody’s back,” he added.

Carson is survived by his wife, Theresa, and two sons, Jack and Jesse.

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