The former Chairman founder and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died at the age of 77. Ailes meets his demise after his resignation over allegations of sexual harassment last July.
Ailes had one son with his wife Elizabeth. The two released a statement to Matt Drudge.
Elizabeth said that she is profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that her husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. She revealed that Roger was a loving husband to her, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many.
She said that Ailes was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise and give back to the society. She also touched on Ailes’ career over a period of more than five decades, adding that his work in politics and entertainment affected many people.
Ailes departure was confirmed by Fox News on-air the same morning. Anchor Bill Hemer offered prayers on behalf of the network to Ailes' family.
Despite the success that Ailes earned by single-handedly creating the powerhouse that Fox has become in cable news and in politics, several women accused him of sexual harassment. He was then ousted as the head of Fox News.
Ailes death has triggered reactions from Fox personalities on social media.
"OMG Roger Ailes is gone, devastating news, and [wife] Erica and I send our condolences to Beth, their son Zack and the entire family," Geraldo Rivera wrote on Twitter. "He was a great man." The editor of the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge, called Ailes a true American classic who brought news to life.
Statement from Elizabeth Ailes:
I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life…