Former Fox News president Roger Ailes dies at 77

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving amid sexual harrassment allegations, has died at the age of 77.

His widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed the news in a statement to Fox News Channel.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement read. “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.”

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