The Ohio-born television pioneer Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company last year, died Thursday morning at the age of 77. He resigned from Fox in July amid charges of sexual harassment. The cause of death was not immediately released.
"Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs," the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel – Rupert Murdoch – said. Television personalities took to social media to express their shock and offer their condolences. Many of them described him as “a great patriot, friend and boss”. As a big founder who had built a major company, Roger Ailes said about himself: “Almost everything I do is related to my ability to hire good people. I don't take much of the credit myself. I think I have a good eye.” In 1984, Ailes worked on President Reagan's re-election campaign. Four years later, he was a key player in the successful presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush.