American television host and commentator Ed Schultz, who held positions at both MSNBC and RT America during his career has died, aged 64.
“We at RT America are sad to announce the passing of Edward Andrew Schultz. Ed Schultz passed quietly early morning on July 5 at his home in Washington, D.C. This announcement comes as a shock to all of us here at RT America,” the network said in a statement, FOX NEWS reports.
Schultz began his career with a successful stint covering sports in the Fargo-Moorhead market. He launched his political career as a conservative talk radio commentator in the early 1990s but he eventually changed his views and aligned with liberals on many issues. He called himself “a gun-toting, meat-eating leftie” during an interview with the Los Angeles Times back in 2004.
Schultz gained national fame when he hosted “The Ed Show” on MSNBC from 2009-2015.
“The Ed Show” was canceled by MSNBC in 2015 when MSNBC president Phil Griffin decided the network needed a new look, which resulted in a drastic overhaul featuring additional breaking news coverage replacing daytime opinion content.
Following his stint at MSNBC, Schultz joined RT America in 2016.
“We at RT America are sad to announce the passing of Edward Andrew Schultz,” the channel said in a statement. “Ed Schultz passed quietly early morning on July 5 at his home in Washington, DC This announcement comes as a shock to all of us here at RT America.”
MSNBC had not immediately released a statement following the announcement of his death, which local media in Fargo reported was of natural causes.
Rest In Peace Bro.