Roger Ailes' cause of death has been revealed, just hours after his unexpected death at the age of 77 on Thursday.
The Palm Beach Medical Examiner announced on Thursday afternoon that Ailes died of "complication of a subdural hematoma after he fell at home injuring his head." The fall in question happened last Wednesday, May 10, at his Palm Beach home.
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Los Angeles Times reporter Meg James revealed the initial news of Ailes' cause of death on Twitter. The former FOX News chief's "hemophilia contributed to his death and the manner of death was accidental." An earlier report about Ailes' suspected cause of death had alleged that he'd fallen into a coma on Wednesday night as a result of the complications and passed away hours later.
There was "no evidence of foul play," though, she continued to report.
News of Ailes' death was initially revealed on Thursday morning through a statement from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, that was read on "The Drudge Report."
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"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning," she said in a statement 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. 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..."
His passing comes less than a year after he resigned from his perch at FOX News following a barrage of sexual harassment claims from women that had worked with him throughout his five-decade career in television. Over 25 women came forward with claims, including on-air talents Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who was the first one who made the allegations.
Carlson would later reach a settlement for $20 million after she claimed that Ailes attempted to sabotage her career after she refused to have sex with him.
Ailes is largely credited with turning FOX News into the cable news juggernaut it is today. During his tenure at the channel, it surpassed rivals more liberal-leaning CNN and MSNBC to become the No. 1 cable news channel in the country.
Roger Ailes is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Zachary. Following his death, many FOX News personalities and friends of Ailes' took to Twitter to share their remarks about his passing:
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