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Death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes ruled accidental

The founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes, dies. (MGN)

Former Fox News CEO and founder Roger Ailes died of complications of a subdural hematoma after he fell at his Palm Beach home last week, the medical examiner ruled Thursday.

Ailes died Thursday morning at the age of 77, according to the Drudge Report. The website shared a statement from his wife:

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...

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner late Thursday said hemophilia contributed to his death and the manner of death was accidental.

The coroner found no signs of foul play. The full report should be available in 3-4 weeks.

According to the police report from Palm Beach Police, someone called 911 from the home on Ocean Lane after he fell in the bathroom just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Rescue crews found him on the floor with a head injury that caused "serious bleeding." He was also not completely alert when help arrived. The responding paramedics called it an accidental fall.

Ailes founded Fox News in 1996. He resigned in July when allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

Former "Fox & Friends" host Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes in July, claiming her firing was retaliation for rebuffing his sexual advances. That suit was later settled after Ailes stepped down.

Numerous other women, including anchor Megyn Kelly, came forward with similar allegations, all of which he denied.

Former President George H.W. Bush extended his condolences to Ailes on Twitter. "He wasn't perfect, but Roger Ailes was my friend and I loved him. Not sure I would have been President without his great talent, loyal help. RIP."





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