Ed Schultz is pictured. | Getty

Ed Schultz began his career in Fargo in the late 1980s as a sportscaster. He later became a commentator and host of “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, which ran from 2009 to 2015. | Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images

Liberal broadcaster Ed Schultz died at his home in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, according to the television network RT, on which he hosted a show.

“We are devastated by the news of the sudden death of our brilliant anchor, one of the best TV-Journalists in America, Ed Schultz,” RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement.

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Fargo, North Dakota, television station WDAY reported he died of natural causes.

Schultz, 64, began his career in Fargo in the late 1980s as a sportscaster.

He later became a commentator and host of “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, which ran from 2009 to 2015.

Schultz went on to host a news program on RT America in which he discussed “the most controversial issues affecting Americans and gives a platform to diverse voices, stories and perspectives to viewers,” according to his bio on the site.

RT, which is Russia-backed, was last year forced to register as a “foreign agent” by the Justice Department.

“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’,” Simonyan said in the statement.

RT America news director Mikhail Solodovnikov said in a statement that Schultz was “a close and true friend.”

“He was a big-time professional and a tough fighter,” Solodovnikov said. “Between us I always called him a ‘gladiator.’ He would never give up; he was always a winner. He was tough on a lot of young journalists in RT America’s newsroom; he was a mentor to a few.”



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