Former Fox News Head Roger Ailes Dead at 77

NEW YORK - Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died.

His death comes nearly a year after he resigned from his post over sexual harassment allegations.

Ailes had led Fox News since its launch in 1996.

In a statement, Ailes' wife Elizabeth said, "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..."

Before joining Fox, Ailes worked as a media advisor to several Republican presidents including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.

He also advised Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

Ailes was 77 years old.

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