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Roger Ailes, Fox News founder, dies

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Rogers Ailes, the former chief executive of Fox News, died Thursday morning at age 77, Fox News reported.

Ailes, who helped found Fox News in 1996, resigned from his post last year amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The network initially announced his death by quoting the Drudge Report, which posted a statement from Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth Ailes.

The statement reads:

“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 …”

Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor at New York Magazine, reported that Ailes died after suffering complications from a fall last week. However, his cause of death has not been released.

Ailes owned a home in Cresskill.

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