Roger Ailes estimated he had 'six to eight years' to live in 2011

Roger Ailes estimated he had 'six to eight years' to live in 2011

Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who passed away Thursday at age 77, estimated six years ago that he had "six to eight years to live."

“My doctor told me that I’m old, fat, and ugly, but none of those things is going to kill me immediately,” Ailes told Vanity Fair in 2011. “The actuaries say I have six to eight years. The best tables give me 10. Three thousand days, more or less.”

Ailes was correct with the lower estimate. The actuaries Ailes was referring to are risk management experts insurance companies use in predicting when people will die.

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Ailes hit his head in a fall eight days and suffered "some kind of blood clot" before slipping into a coma on Wednesday, New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman wrote in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Ailes died Thursday morning.

The Ohio native and Ohio University graduate had reportedly been in poor health for some time. In Zev Chafets’s 2013 book, “Roger Ailes: Off Camera,” Ailes spoke of being "prepared to face death" all of his life.

“Because of my hemophilia, I’ve been prepared to face death all of my life. As a boy I spent a lot of time in hospitals," he said. "My parents had to leave at the end of visiting hours, and I spent a lot of time just lying there in the dark, thinking about the fact that any accident could be dangerous or even fatal. So I’m ready."

"Everybody fears the unknown," he continued. "But I have a strong feeling there’s something bigger than us. I don’t think all this exists because some rocks happened to collide. I’m at peace.

"When it comes, I’ll be fine, calm. I’ll miss life, though. Especially my family.”

Ailes shook the media world after stepping down amid a series of sexual assault allegations in July of 2016.