Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Former MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Has Died

Former MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Has Died

Cable news personality Ed Schultz has died of natural causes at the age of 64, WDAY-TV reports.

Schultz's MSNBC show was canceled in 2015, and in January 2016 he joined RT America, the English-language Russian news channel.

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2004, file photo shows radio talk-show host Ed Schultz in Fargo, N.D. Schulz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, died Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Washington, D.C. He was 64.

Up until his death, Schultz hosted the evening news program "News with Ed Schultz" for RT America.

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His politics began to shift, however, and in 2000, Schultz officially became a Democrat. Schultz reportedly said at the time, "Let them call me what they want, I am going to speak the truth no matter what". "The Ed Schultz Show" ran for a decade and billed itself as the progressive answer to conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh.

"The respect that Ed commanded among viewers and among his colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic is impossible to overstate".

Schultz's move to RT America was not without controversy, either.

A former collegiate football star, Schultz got his start in sports broadcasting for a variety of North Dakota radio stations, including doing play-by-play for University of North Dakota and University of North Dakota State football games. "This gives me a chance to do something that I haven't had an opportunity to do in my career", Schultz said in 2016.

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