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Fox has announced that Roger Ailes founder, and until recently chairman and CEO of Fox News, has died at the age of 77. Ailes resigned from Fox in summer 2016 in the wake of former Fox News Channel Host Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Ailes had denied the allegations.
In a statement to Drudge Report, his wife Elizabeth Ailes said, “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…”
In the early 1990s, he served as president of CNBC, which he left to create Fox News.