Roger Ailes dead at 77, Fox News says

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Today, the founder and former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, passed away at the age of 77 after what appears to be complications from a head contusion he suffered last week.

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his attractive family", Elizabeth Ailes said.

"He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", the 41st president said in a tweet shortly after news broke Thursday about Ailes' death.

In this August 17, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, left, gets some advice from his media advisor, Roger Ailes, right, as they stand behind the podium at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., prior to the start of the Republican National Convention.

It was Ailes who helped Fox News reach $1.0 billion in annual profit for its parent company, 21st Century Fox, and he was paid a fortune for all of his hard work. Here we are, over 40 years since Nixon resigned, and one of the biggest reasons Trump was elected president can be attributed to advice he took from Roger Ailes. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs.

FILE - In this January 30, 1996 file photo, Roger Ailes, left, speaks at a news conference as Rupert Murdoch looks on after it was announced that Ailes will be chairman and CEO of Fox News.

Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, and studied radio and television production at Ohio University, according to Fox News. With its slogan "Fair & Balanced", the network grew into not just the cable news ratings leader but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics.

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Reactions to Ailes' death on the left were not so forgiving. He was also reported to have advised President Donald Trump in the campaign previous year.

In a series of tweets on Thursday he described Ailes as on of America's "great patriotic warriors" who was a "second father" to him after his own dad died.

Roger Ailes understood the worlds of media and politics as did few others, and mastered both; his passing surely marks the end of an era. RIP.

RollingStone today published an article calling Ailes "one of the worst Americans ever", claiming he is responsible for making this country "hate-filled" and "moronic". "He has changed dramatically and forever the political and the media landscape, single-handedly for the better".

Many prominent conservatives paid respect to Ailes, who advised a number of Republican presidential candidates before helping launch Fox News.

Some reports said as many as 25 women had accused the executive of misconduct or harassment.

Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not.

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