Former Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Dies

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18 May 2017 | 1:06 pm

Roger Ailes, the influential longtime Fox News Channel chief executive who was ousted amid a sexual harassment scandal, has died, according to a family statement. He was 77.

The conservative news aggregation site Drudge Report first posted a statement from Ailes’ wife announcing the death. Fox News said in a tweet and in a breaking news alert that Ailes had died, citing a family announcement.

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“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement from Elizabeth Ailes said. “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…”

Ailes brought Fox News to the pinnacle of cable TV news, making it a major power broker in American politics and helping to change the way news is covered in the country.

Fox’s on-air personalities took to Twitter after the Drudge Report revealed there tha Ailes had died to offer their condolences. 

“Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors,” Sean Hannity wrote. “For Decades RA’s has impacted American politics and media.”

Brit Hume called it “terribly sad news,” while Bret Baier offered his prayers to Ailes’ wife and son. 

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