- Police said medics were called to Ailes' home in Palm Beach last week after a 77-year-old, presumably Ailes, fell and hit his head on May 10, The Palm Beach Post reported.
- His body is expected to arrive at the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office Thursday, though a representative for the office said no more information about the case would be available until Friday.
- "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," Elizabeth Ailes said Thursday. "And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.”
- Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, on May 15, 1940. He started his career in television news working on "The Mike Douglas Show" in the 1960s.
- "When the show was syndicated a few years later, Ailes star rose with it," according to Fox News.
- A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Ailes later turned his media savvy to running TV networks. In early 1996 he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN.
- Ailes founded Fox News and built the network into a highly rated, well-known cable news network.
- Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News, said in a statement that the network was "shocked and grieved" by Ailes' death.
- "A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years. He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted," the statement read. "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."
- Ailes served as Fox News' CEO until last year, when he resigned under the pressure of multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
- "It is always difficult to create a channel or a publication from the ground up and against seemingly entrenched monopolies," Murdoch said in a statement following Ailes' departure from Fox News.
- "To lead a flourishing news channel, and to build Fox Business, Roger has defied the odds," Murdoch said. "His grasp of policy and his ability to make profoundly important issues accessible to a broader audience stand in stark contrast to the self-serving elitism that characterizes far too much of the media."
- Friends and former colleagues took to social media to remember Ailes. In a series of tweets, Fox News host Sean Hannity called Ailes "one of (America's) great patriotic warriors" and a "true American original."
- "He has dramatically and forever changed the political and media landscape, singlehandedly, for the better," Hannity wrote.
- The Associated Press and The Palm Beach Post contributed to this report.
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Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77