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Roger Ailes dead at 77
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Roger Ailes, the former founder, chairman and CEO of Fox News, died today, Drudge Report first reported. He was 77.

His wife Elizabeth Ailes gave a statement to the Drudge Report:

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.