Journalist Eric Boehlert is dead after a NJ Transit train hit him while riding a bicycle

The liberal media critic who founded Salon magazine was fatally hit by a NJ Transit train while cycling, his family said Wednesday.

Eric Boehlert, 57, was riding his bicycle near Watchung Avenue Station in Montclair, NJ around 9:50 PM when he was hit and killed by a NJ Transit train bound for Hoboken, according to

Seven customers and crew on board the train were not injured. NJ transit police were investigating the crash.

Boehlert was fondly remembered by his family, including his wife Tracy Breslin and two children.

“Through his journalism, social media, books and appearances on CNN and MSNBC, Eric has been a staunch defender of democracy, social justice and truth in the media,” his family said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“He was fearless and brilliant in his study of hypocrisy and double standards in the media, and his input was invaluable.”

Boehlert was also a contributor to the media observer of Media Matters and was a writer for Rolling Stone and Billboard.

“I just got devastating news from Tracy Breslin, wife of @EricBoehlert” tweeted by TV journalist Soledad O’Brien. “He died in a bicycle accident at the age of 57. He adored his children Jane and Ben, his dogs, cycling and running, basketball and good friends, a fierce and fearless defender of truth. “

Former Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton also played a part in Boehlert’s death.

“.@Ericboehlert.Death is terrible news, ”Clinton wrote on Twitter. “I am devastated for his family and friends and will miss his critical work in countering disinformation and media bias. What a loss.”

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