Roger Ailes, former chief executive of Fox News Channel, has died at the age of 77, the network reported on Thursday.
Ailes resigned from Fox News last July following allegations of sexual harassment, marking an abrupt end to his 20-year reign over America’s most lucrative and powerful cable news channel for conservatives.
Ailes was 77, according to the website of Fox News, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
Ailes’ widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed his death in a statement on the Fox News website.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” she wrote.
“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.”