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Ed Schultz, Former MSNBC Host, Dies at 64

TheWrap logo TheWrap 7/5/2018 Reid Nakamura

Political commentator and former MSNBC host Ed Schultz has died at the age of 64.

Schultz died of natural causes in Washington D.C., according to WDAY-TV, the Fargo, North Dakota, station where Schultz got his start. a man standing in front of a crowd: Ed Schultz © TheWrap Ed Schultz

A former Minnesota State University football player, Schultz served as sports director at WDAY from 1988 to 1996, doing play-by-play for college football. He transitioned into political commentary in the '90s with a number of regional radio broadcasts in the Midwest.

The following year, Schultz launched "The News With Ed Schultz" on the Russia-owned TV network RT America.

"I could have retired," Schultz told WDAY at the time, speaking about the cancellation of his MSNBC program. "That's not Ed Schultz; I'm not ready to do that. I got a lot of tire left. I have a lot of desire. This gives me a chance to do something that I haven't had an opportunity to do in my career."

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