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Radio and television personality Ed Schultz dies at 64

His son, David Schultz, tells The Associated Press that his father died of natural causes Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.
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Ed Schultz, former MSNBC host, has died. He was 64.Leica Camera AG

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Broadcasting personality Ed Schultz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, has died. He was 64.

His son, David Schultz, told The Associated Press that his father died of natural causes Thursday morning in Washington, where he anchored "News with Ed Schultz" on RT America, formerly Russia Today. Schultz also hosted "The Ed Show" on MSNBC from 2009 to 2015.

Schultz was a standout quarterback at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in the 1970s. He went on to a career as a sportscaster at TV and radio stations in the area around Moorhead, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota.

He later became a conservative radio talk show host. But he was a fiery liberal by the time he took his show into national syndication in 2004.

Schultz also kept a home on Big Detroit Lake in Minnesota, where his college coach, Ross Fortier, also lives, according to Larry Scott, the school's athletics spokesman. Schultz and his former coach remained close over the decades, Scott said.

Schultz is survived by his wife, Wendy, and six children.

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