Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who stepped down from his position last year amid allegations of sexual harassment, has died.
His death was announced Thursday morning by his family. CNN reports that his wife Elizabeth released a statement to the Fox News Channel, saying:
‘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.’
In 1996, Ailes built Fox News into the media empire it is today. Not only is it a huge ratings leader among cable news networks, but it’s a voice that speaks to and influences conservative Americans across the nation.
Ailes has always been a Republican and actually went into the creation of Fox News with the very intent to help the party in any way.
Despite his quick rise to success, Ailes lost his position after a former employee brought sexual harassment charges against him. Several other female employees also came forward following the suit, saying that Ailes had also sexually harassed and intimidated them. Ailes ended up stepping down from his position July 21, 2016.
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