The famed media executive Roger Ailes, whose career ended abruptly in the middle of sexual allegations last year, died on Thursday, May 18th, at the age of 77. Ailes, the founding CEO of the news outlet, would forever shape the direction of conservative media, and change the landscape of cable news. The cause of death released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, was due to internal bleeding from the brain due to a fall in his home.
Elizabeth Ailes, the wife of the ex-CEO, released the following statement regarding Roger's death:
"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family. 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. 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."
With the sudden death, attorney for many of the plaintiffs filing sexual assault claims on Ailes, Douglas Wigdor, released another statement regarding his passing:
"The sudden passing of Roger Ailes will make it difficult for Fox News to refute the allegations against him as his testimony was not secured by sworn testimony to date."
Many others would take the time to celebrate Ailes's life.
Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For Decades RA's has impacted American politics and media.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 18, 2017
He wasn't perfect, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. RIP.— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 18, 2017