The founder and CEO of Fox News network Roger Ailes passed away on Thursday morning, as reported by his wife on the Drudge Report.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ailes said in 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…”
The new of Ailes death was also confirmed by the network the very same morning, as anchor Bill Hemmer sent his condolences to Ailes’ family.
The CEO died at age of 77 and was widely known for his responsibility to make Fox News the power house it is today. In summer, 2016, Ailes was fired as the head of the Fox as number of women blamed him of sexual harassment.
His former fellow colleagues started reacting on social media. Sean Hannity took to Twitter and wrote, “Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For Decades [Ailes] has impacted American politics and media.”
Fox News’ anchor Bret Baier said that Ailes “changed television as we know,” while Geraldo Rivera poster on Twitter, “OMG Roger Ailes is gone, devastating news, and [wife] Erica and I send our condolences to Beth, their son Zack and the entire family. He was a great man.”
Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For Decades RA's has impacted American politics and media.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 18, 2017
OMG #RogerAiles is gone, devastating news, & Erica & I send our condolences to Beth, their son Zack & the entire family. He was a great man
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) May 18, 2017
Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, said of Ailes “a true American classic” who “brought news to life.”
Roger brought news to life. A true American classic. So many stories… pic.twitter.com/2JZ17tUwPh
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 18, 2017
Analyst and ex anchor Brit Hume said, “Terribly sad news. R.I.P.,” while radio host Laura Ingraham joined him in the sadness writing,
Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 18, 2017
“Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP.”
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