Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes, 77, dies

In a corporate plummet heard around the world, Fox News founder and former chairman, Roger Ailes, was forced to relinquish his position at the helm of the conservative network past year amid a sensational sexual harassment scandal.

Ailes wife Elizabeth issued a statement saying her husband had passed away at the age of 77. In his 2013 biography, Ailes, who had hemophilia, discussed his inevitable death saying that "I've been prepared to face death all of my life".

Authorities say Ailes died of bleeding on the brain caused by an earlier fall at home.

Neither Mr Ailes nor Fox released any details on the circumstances of his death. Ailes allegedly made frequent advances at Carlson-he reportedly told her during a private meeting that "you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago". For Decades RA's has impacted American politics and media. In the book, Roger Ailes off Camera by Zev Chafets, Ailes said he had been making "memory boxes" for his son since he was four years old, and Zac was only supposed to open them upon Ailes' death.

Since Ailes' ouster in July, Fox News has split with Kelly, Van Susteren and Bill O'Reilly, who faced his own sexual harassment allegations.

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"Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", said Fox News host Sean Hannity, in a tribute to his friend and mentor read out on air.

"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better". Carlson said she was sacked for refusing Ailes' sexual advancements, and Tantaros alleged Fox News was "steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny". "Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him". Despite Ailes' denials of the allegations, he was forced to resign in the aftermath. Ailes vehemently denied them. As he told Charlie Rose then, "If you want to have tremendous political influence and still be a womanizer, a drug abuser or an alcoholic, you only have one choice of career and that's journalism". He also helped put former President George H.W. Bush in office in part with a racially charged campaign.

"Beth, you are in our thoughts and prayers", co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, "and so is Zachary, their handsome son".

It was during a 1967 taping of "The Mike Douglas Show" that Ailes met future president Richard Nixon, who later tapped him to serve as his executive producer for television. Ailes advised Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, helping him to prepare for debates.

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