TMZ says that the one-time Godfather of Fox News smacked his head on the floor after falling in his Palm Beach home on May 10. Ailes reportedly got a blood clot from falling and he was put in an induced coma. He died today. Ailes also had all sorts of other ailments (sorry) that lead to his waltz into the afterworld with the Grim Reaper.
Roger Ailes was a political consultant who worked on campaigns for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before becoming the founding CEO at Fox News in 1996. As anyone who can never look at raw hamburger meat the same way again knows, Roger Ailes’ last days at Fox News were filled with allegation after allegation after allegation from past and current Fox News female employees (like Gretchen Carlson, Andrea Tantaros and Megyn Kelly) who say that he sexually harassed him.
Reporter and author Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a biography on Roger Ailes, said that one of the Fox News employees, who claims to have suffered gross sexual abuse by the hand of Ailes, said this about his death: “Justice.” And his wife of 19 years, Elizabeth Ailes, said this:
“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.”