Roger Ailes, ex CEO and founder of Fox News has died at age 77.
The news giant's passing was announced by his family, and later reported on Fox News. Ailes' official cause of death has not yet been revealed. TMZ reports that Ailes died days after suffering a serious fall.
In a statement to the channel, Ailes wife Elizabeth said "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."
Ailes started Fox News in 1996. The channel grew immensely in ratings under Ailes, later going on to become a main contributing channel to right wing politics.
Ailes was outed at Fox in 2016 after anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment.
Celebrities and notable figures have been reacting to Ailes death this morning on Twitter with very mixed thoughts.
Roger Ailes has died. Let all his victims now be ungagged for the true, full reckoning of his life. And give them back their jobs.— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes is dead - thousands of leftists on Twitter will now insult his grieving family by celebrating this news.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 18, 2017
I once spent a day interviewing with Roger Ailes for a job at Fox. He was a disgusting scumbag. I'm glad he can't hurt people anymore.— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) May 18, 2017
Conservative snowflakes, don’t worry, I have nothing but praise for Roger Ailes.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) May 18, 2017
Thoughts and prayers for the victims of Roger Ailes.— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes is dead. He just...ran out of power. And importance...— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 18, 2017
And now...a moment's silence in memory of the many women he harassed...
Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes was a great American patriot. May the Lord comfort you, Beth and Zachary.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes is dead. Women aren't available for comment.— Lizz Resistead (@lizzwinstead) May 18, 2017
I just had a vision of Prince, Rick James, and Charlie Murphy kicking the shit out of Roger Ailes in the afterlife.— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) May 18, 2017
In memory of Roger Ailes.. Rip pic.twitter.com/q7yvBvivGE— Silence Dogood🕯 (@RealBigBalls) May 18, 2017
I bet Roger Ailes' hell and Carrie Fisher's heaven are the same place.— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes has died. Another proud Confederate monument taken down this week. Smdh.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) May 18, 2017
Sean Hannity on #RogerAiles: "Were it not for Roger Ailes, I would not be the person I am today." Does he consider that a tribute?— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 18, 2017
I notice that many of the same people who mourned Ted Kennedy are celebrating the death of Roger Ailes.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes ruined the lives of many women during his brief time on earth. May he be appropriately rewarded in the afterlife.— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) May 18, 2017
Rest in peace Roger ailes, you made a difference in this nation, a very great difference.— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) May 18, 2017
"RIP Roger Ailes. The man may be gone but the sewer of misogyny, bigotry & lies that he midwifed still poisons the world." - Fox News💫— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 18, 2017
American politics would have been infinitely better off had Roger Ailes gone to barber college.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 18, 2017
It would be nice if the media would leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief, but knowing people that hated him https://t.co/WQeJoD8pGi— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 18, 2017
So Roger Ailes has died. Lots to unpack in that obit.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes has died. Wow. Sending deep and heartfelt condolences to everyone who was abused, harassed, exploited, and unjustly fired by him— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 18, 2017
skirts at Fox News today will be lowered to half-mast— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) May 18, 2017
Re: Roger Ailes' passing, with a nod to Bette Davis: "You should never say bad things about the dead, only good… Roger Ailes is dead. Good.”— DJ Robert Drake (@DJRobertDrake) May 18, 2017
I hope everyone can show Roger Ailes the respect he showed the people *he* didn't like. Anyway, did he drown in a toilet or what— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) May 18, 2017
Sad to hear this morning that Roger Ailes has been killed by Princess Leia on his pleasure barge.— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) May 18, 2017