FORMER Fox News founder and CEO Roger Ailes has died. He was 77.
The New York Post reports that his wife, Elizabeth, issued a statement announcing his death, which was confirmed by Fox News.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement reads.
“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.”
He worked at Fox for 20 years, and during his time there, transformed it into a $US3 billion ($4 billion) political juggernaut — making the conservative network the most successful cable news channel in TV history.
After serving at the helm of Fox for 20 years, Ailes resigned from his post last July in wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues, including former Fox anchors Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, and others.
The Ohio-born Ailes vehemently denied the accusations.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post
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