Eric Boehlert, who spent much of his career as a media critic dedicated to exposing right-wing misinformation, died Monday in a bicycle accident at the age of 57.
Boehlert has written for various outlets such as Media Matters for America, Salon, Daily Kos, and most recently as the founder of the Press Run website. Journalist Soledad O’Brien announced the news on Twitter, calling Boehlert a “fierce and fearless defender of truth.”
“A terrible loss,” O’Brien said. “We’ve lost an awesome human being, a handsome/cool/spiritual dude who kicked ass on our behalf. Crazy devotion to facts, context and good reporting. Enemy of BS, fake news.
According to reports shared, Boehlert was hit by a train while riding his bike in Montclair, New Jersey. Montclair police reported Tuesday that a man on a bicycle was struck and killed by a New Jersey Transit train.
“I am devastated for his family and friends and I will miss his vital work in combating media misinformation and bias. What a loss,” former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted.
“We are better off to have known and worked with such a thoughtful, fearless and passionate media critic. It was always a treat when Eric visited the DC office; while he was blunt and ruthless on social media, he was equally warm, inspiring and helpful to his colleagues,” Media Matters said in a press release.