Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network says, citing a statement from the late executive’s family. Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July, amid allegations of sexual harassment. He was 77.
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Ailes helped to found Fox News in 1996. Today, the network initially announced his death by citing the Drudge Report, which had published a statement from Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth.
According to Fox News, that statement reads:
“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 riseand to give back.”
Anchors of the channel’s morning show Fox and Friends were noticeably emotional in announcing Ailes’ death.
“Beth you are in our thoughts and prayers,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, “and so is Zachary, their beautiful son. Roger, rest in peace.”