Radio broadcaster Don Imus has died at the age of 79.
One of the pioneers of the shock jock style of DJing that features deliberately provocative or candid opinions and takes, he became known as the "I-Man" for his rivalry with Howard Stern, NBC New York says.
Imus had announced his retirement in January of last year saying, “Turn out the lights ... the party's over.” His last day on the radio was March 29, 2018.
Imus' mouth both made and undid his decades-long career.
The media personality survived drug and alcohol woes, a raunchy appearance before President Clinton and several firings. But he was berated nationwide and eventually fired after describing the Rutgers women's college basketball team as “nappy headed hos.” He lost his spot on CBS radio in 2007 for using the racist slur.
Imus was best known for "Imus in the Morning," his daily radio show that launched in the early 1970s in New York. It was simulcast by MSNBC since 1996.
Fellow-New York radio host Mike Francesa tweeted his condolences over the news of Imus' death.