Ed Schultz, a fiercely liberal television and radio host, has died at the age of 64 on Thursday, July 5 at his home in Washington, D.C. and according to the late host's son David Schultz, his father died of natural causes.
His current employer, the Russian-backed media organization RT America was first to confirm the death of the former MSNBC host's death.
In a statement on yesterday, RT America said, "Ed Schultz, host of ‘News with Ed’ on RT America, passed away on July 5 at his home in Washington, D.C. This announcement comes as a shock to all of us."
RT Editor in Chief Margarita Simonyan said,
We are devastated by the news of the sudden death of our brilliant anchor, one of the best TV journalists in America, Ed Schultz. When the campaign against RT America began and the channel was forced to register as a foreign agent, Ed set an example for all of us, saying: 'Let them call me what they want, I am going to speak the truth no matter what.'
Ed's son David tld the Associated Press,
He was an unbelievable father and husband. His family and friends are extremely, extremely sad right now. And we thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, as well as privacy for our family though this time.
While working with MSNBC, Ed was a controversial figure. In May 2011, the cable news network suspended him for one week for calling talk show host Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut."
Before his career in broadcasting, Ed was football player in college. In 1977, he led NCAA Division II in passing while playing as a quarterback at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
Ed is survived by his wife, Wendy Schultz, and six children.