Longtime radio broadcaster and MSNBC host Ed Schultz died at the age of 64 on Thursday, according to RT America, where Schultz most recently worked as a head news anchor.
Sources told a local news outlet, The Fargo Forum, that Schultz died of natural causes.
“We at RT America are sad to announce the passing of Edward Andrew Schultz,” RT America said in a statement. “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.”
Schultz started his broadcasting career at WDAY-TV in Fargo, North Dakota in the 1980s and hosted a conservative talk radio show in Fargo in the 1990s. He had a change of heart in the 2000s and moved on to host a commentary show for MSNBC, “The Ed Show,” in 2009 until mid-2015 when he was let go for soft ratings.
In 2016 the once left-leaning TV personality took a surprising new gig as the head news anchor for RT America, a network that used to be known as Russia Today and that is run by the Russian government.