Roger Ailes has died, Fox confirms. He was 77.
On Thursday, Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth, released a statement to Druge Report stating that the former longtime Fox News chairman and CEO had passed away in the morning.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement began. “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 statement added.
Breaking News: Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, his family announced. pic.twitter.com/AksPdNSZaI
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 18, 2017
Following the news of his death, former colleagues and journalists took to social media to mourn the former CEO.
Love and prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger – you changed television as we know it. https://t.co/1vjhGFQaDc
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) May 18, 2017
After the allegations were made, six more women – four who remain anonymous – came forward claiming that they had similar experiences with Ailes over multiple decades. Months later, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly also accused him of repeatedly sexually harassing her in a chapter from the 45-year-old journalist’s memoir Settle for More.
Ailes was the CEO of Fox News for nearly 20 years.
from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/roger-ailes-dead-at-77/