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Roger Ailes, founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News, died Thursday morning, according to a statement by his wife given to the Drudge Report. He was 77.

Elizabeth Ailes said in the statement:

“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...”

Fox News later confirmed the report on Ailes’s death.

Last summer, Ailes was pushed out of the network that he built into a news powerhouse amid several sexual harassment allegations.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information.

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