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The death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes on Thursday came unexpectedly for many. And former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly believes he knows what really killed Ailes: Hatred.

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O'Reilly explained this viewpoint in an opinion-editorial for USA Today:

We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective. The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters.

Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth. But he would not want to be remembered that way. He did both good and bad in his life and in that, he has something in common with every human being.

Though Ailes's cause of death appears at this point to have been from “complications” resulting from a fall, and potentially, from a “blood clot” in the brain, O'Reilly believes there is a deeper reason: the “hatred” that he encountered, particularly after a wave of bad press following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

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“Roger was convicted of bad behavior in the court of public opinion, and it was painful for many of us to watch,” O’Reilly opined. “He, himself, was stunned and never really recovered.”