Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Dies, Aged 77

May 19, 2017 by Will Maule

The founder of the Fox News network Roger Ailes has died, aged 77. "The Ohio-born television pioneer was a confidant of presidents and an acknowledged master of communications," Fox News said. Ailes widow, Elizabeth, released a statement on her husband's death. 

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning," the statement read. "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."

"Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes," chairman of Fox, Rupert Murdoch said. "A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years. He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera he discovered, nurtured and promoted."

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