Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, An Influential And Destructive Force In Media, Has Died
By Sam Levine
Roger Ailes, the Fox News co-founder who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal, died on Thursday, his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed in a statement. The network’s former chairman and CEO was 77.
Elizabeth Ailes said she was “profoundly sad and heartbroken” to report that he had died surrounded by his family. “Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary. He was a loyal friend to so many,” she said in the statement. “Roger was a patriot, 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.”
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Ailes suffered from health complications for most of his life, after being diagnosed with hemophilia as a child.
“My doctor told me that I’m old, fat, and ugly, but none of those things is going to kill me immediately,” he told Vanity Fair in 2013. “The actuaries say I have six to eight years. The best tables give me 10. Three thousand days, more or less. I’d give anything for another 10 years.”
“I’ve been prepared to face death all of my life,” he added. “When it comes, I’ll be fine, calm. I’ll miss life, though. Especially my family.”