Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes dies after falling at his home


Roger Ailes, who died Thursday at the age of 77, left behind a legacy as a builder of a conservative media empire and a strategist for dozens of political campaigns.

His wife Elizabeth announced his death in a short statement read out on Fox News by emotional news anchors.

(21st Century Fox eventually agreed to settle with Carlson for a staggering $20 million.) Reports later surfaced that Megyn Kelly (who has since left Fox News to host a newsmagazine on NBC) had told 21st Century Fox's independent investigators that Ailes had also made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she was a young correspondent.

With his death, some are wondering what will come of those cases. The death has been ruled accidental and there was no evidence of foul play.

He said the firm's client Lidija Ujkic had claimed in her lawsuit that Ailes insisted that President Obama was a Muslim who worked with terrorists and discussed "the Fox News recipe for success as showing women from the feet up".

Numerous more personal reactions to Ailes's passing at age 77 were less circumspect, with social media users generally either condemning the CEO as a sexual predator or lionizing him.

Ailes acted as a consultant to Bush during his 1988 presidential bid, as well as helping former Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help.

Few other details were immediately available, including whether the victim was taken to the hospital.

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Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a biography on Ailes entitled The Loudest Voice in the Room, called his "last chapter" a tragic story, "whatever you think of Roger Ailes".

In a series of messages, Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss, saying he was "like a second father".

"Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years", said the 86-year-old in a statement.

He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. "He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted".

"Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have".

Most news reports of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes death on Thursday walked a careful line: portraying him as a powerful and influential media titan-and noting that he was ultimately fired from the network he created over multiple allegations of sexual harassment. "In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Ailes resigned from the network last July after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit claiming she was sacked for rejecting Ailes' sexual advances.

Ailes, an OH native, began his television career in the early 1960s as a producer at The Mike Douglas Show in Cleveland, and went onto serve as media consultant for several Republican presidents, including Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. The suit triggered similar claims from other women and an in-house investigation at Fox.

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