Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77

by: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

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Roger Ailes, the Fox News founder and CEO who left the cable news powerhouse after 20 years amid allegations of sexual harassment has died, family members said in a statement. He was 77.

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Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed her husband’s death in a statement posted on the Drudge Report.

“Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many,” Elizabeth Ailes wrote. “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.”

A family friend, who was not identified, told "New York Magazine" . that Ailes was dealing with complications after having "some kind of blood clot" last week in Florida.