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…
Fox News initially cited Drudge Report in delivering the news on “Fox & Friends.” CNN confirmed the report, saying they spoke to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. NPR also confirmed the death shortly after the initial Drudge report.
New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, whose reporting helped lead to Ailes’ resignation, said Thursday morning that family friends told him Ailes fell in Palm Beach and had a blood clot from which he suffered complications.
Ailes resigned in 2016 after a series of sexual harassment allegations from female staff members at the network. He was a media consultant on Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign, and a career of politics and production eventually led him to the presidency of CNBC in 1993. Rupert Murdoch hired him to launch Fox News in 1996.