Three days after his 77th birthday, Roger Alies died Thursday morning. The cause of death is unknown.
The former chairman of Fox News allegedly suffered a fall 8 days prior at his Florida home. On Wednesday TMZ reported his condition was worsening as he became unconscious and comatose Wednesday night.
His wife released the following 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 founding CEO of Fox News Channel resigned last summer in the wake of numerous sexual allegations.
Prior to launching Fox News in 1996, he was an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and helped launch and head CNBC.
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