Ex-Fox News head Roger Ailes dead

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died Thursday morning at 77, Fox News reported.

The network shared a statement from Ailes’s wife, Elizabeth Ailes, announcing the death. The statement was first obtained by conservative website The Drudge Report.

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

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“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.”

Ailes resigned as the head of Fox News in July 2016, after 20 years leading the network, amid sexual harassment allegations.

Updated at 8:45 a.m.