Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is dead

Roger Ailes, the former chairman of Fox News, is dead at age 77.

Ailes' wife, Elizabeth Ailes, announced his death in a statement.

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family," the statement said. "Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son, Zachary. He was a loyal friend to so many. Roger was a patriot, grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise — and to give back."

The cause of death is unknown.

In 1996, Ailes helped launch Fox News, which dramatically changed the media landscape. He resigned last summer after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual harassment in a lawsuit.


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