Roger Ailes Passed Away At The Age Of 77
Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building the Fox News Channel into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday As announced by his family and reported on Fox News
His wife Elizabeth released the following statement: 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…
Ailes resigned from his perch at FOX News last summer after his career was sabotaged by defamatory and false accusations with th eintent of removing him from the FOX network.
Ailes is largely considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of cable news. During his tenure as chairman and chief executive of the FOX News Channel, the controversial figure drove FOX News to become the No. 1 cable news channel in the country — surpassing rivals like CNN and MSNBC in the process, and that made him public enemy #1 with the liberals.
Shortly after news of Ailes’ death broke, FOX News anchor Sean Hannity took to Twitter to pay his respects to the mogul, who he said was “like a second father” to him. “Today America lose one of its great patriotic warriors,” lengthy tweeting spree.
Despite the rocky circumstances surrounding his departure, Hannity had nothing but positive memories to share about his former boss. He highlighted Ailes’ professional accomplishments as well as the personal traits that led Ailes to become “like a second father” to him, he wrote. “His endless enthusiasm, energy, wit, humor and raw instinctive intelligence will be greatly missed.”
Roger Ailes is survived by his wife Elizabeth and their only Zachary. There was no immediate information on a cause of death.
– Extracts from various news reports