Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Dead at 77

Roger Ailes died Thursday morning. His wife Elizabeth Ailes is “sad and heartbroken” according to a statement posted on Drudge Report.

The Former Fox News and Fox Television Stations Group CEO leaves behind one adult son, Zachary Ailes. Mrs. Ailes called her husband a “patriot” whose work “affected the lives of many millions.”

In addition to his position at Fox, Ailes spent many years consulting for politicians, including presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and most recently Donald Trump.

Ailes’ leadership at Fox News came under fire last year as over 20 female colleagues claimed that he sexually harassed them. His alleged victims include former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson and former Kelly Files host Megyn Kelly. Ailes denied the allegations, but retired from Fox in July of 2016.

Reactions to the news of Ailes’ death were diverse on Twitter.

Fox News Hannity host Sean Hannity tweeted that Ailes “dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape.”

Political commentator Matt Drudge tweeted that he “brought news to life.”

National Review journalist Jim Geraghty tweeted “whatever Roger Ailes’ flaws and misdeeds, his loved ones are in pain now.”

Others on Twitter recalled his alleged actions against women. Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell tweeted simply, “take a moment today to remember the many women who said they were victimized by Roger Ailes.”

Read Mrs. Ailes’ full statement on her husband’s death below:

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 …

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