Controversial radio host Don Imus dies at 79

Longtime radio shock jock Don Imus died Friday at age 79.

The host dubbed "The I-Man" had reportedly been hospitalized since Dec. 24 at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas.

A cause of death was not provided by his family. Imus has battled various illnesses over the years, and in 2009 he said he had prostate cancer.

"Imus in the Morning" was on the radio for nearly 50 years, reaching its peak on New York's WNBC and WFAN. Imus was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
 
During his career he often stirred controversy for his on-air social and political commentary.
 
In 2007, he drew widespread backlash for referring to the Rutgers University's women's basketball players as "nappy-headed hos." He later apologized to the African American players.
 
But many advertisers withdrew from his show, and several politicians publicly criticized Imus for his comments.
 
“He didn’t just cross the line,” then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires Biden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him MORE said at the time. “He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America.”
 
 
Imus retired from broadcasting last year.