Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News, has died. He was 77.
The former chairman and CEO of the cable news channel’s death was first reported by Drudge.
Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth, released a statement:
“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.”
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 18, 2017
His cause of death was not immediately known.
Ailes started Fox News almost from scratch in 1996 and built it into not just a cable news ratings leader but a profound influence in American politics.
Ailes was arguably the most powerful man in media when he suddenly lost his job last summer. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor, sued him for sexual harassment, and other women came forward to support her claims. Ailes resigned July 21.