Ex-FOX News host Eric Bolling says his son died of an accidental overdose

Former Fox News host Eric Bolling took to Twitter on Thursday to say that his son, Eric Bolling Jr., died of an accidental overdose.

“Just received some tragic news from Coroner in Colorado. Eric Chase’s passing has been ruled an accidental overdose that included opioids,” Bolling wrote on his Twitter account.

“Adrienne and I thank you for your continued prayers and support. We must fight against this national epidemic, too many innocent victims,” Bolling added.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: �ox Hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld sit on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Eric Bolling of Fox News attends the Capitol File 58th Presidential Inauguration Reception at Fiola Mare on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Anthony Taitt , Anthony Scaramucci and Eric Bolling attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Adrienne Bolling and Eric Bolling attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Fox News television personality Eric Bolling arrives at Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Eric Bolling, Adrienne Bolling, Beverly Johnson and Bryan Maillian attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hannah Davis and Eric Bolling appear on 'FOX and Friends' at FOX Studios on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Karl Rove, Hannah Davis and Eric Bolling pose for a group photo at 'FOX and Friends' at FOX Studios on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling speak on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling pose on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Eric Bolling attends the 2012 Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC Partners on September 11, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (3rd R) and hosts of 'The Five' (L-R) Eric Bolling and Dana Perino attend FOX News' 'The Five' at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Co-host Eric Bolling attends FOX News' 'The Five' at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Beth Ostrosky Stern along with FOX & Friends host Eric Bolling promotes the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter whilst visiting the set of 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on August 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: TV personality Padma Lakshmi with 'FOX & Friends' hosts Eric Bolling, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade visit FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 24: Eric Bolling and Liz Claman attend A Celebration for the Launch of THE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK at Temple of Dendur on October 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/patrickmcmullan.com/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Adrienne Bolling and Eric Bolling during 6th Annual Artrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction at Cipriani, 42nd Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
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Bolling’s disclosure came on the same day that President Donald Trump declared America’s opioid crisis to be a public health emergency.

The younger Bolling died in September at age 19, shortly after the elder Bolling exited as host of Fox News’ “The Specialists” following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment.

The topic of the younger Bolling’s death came up again this week, after Bolling’s former Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly suggested that Bolling’s scandal might have played a part in the death.

Bolling called O’Reilly’s comments “beyond inappropriate.”

“I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling,” the elder Bolling said in a statement tweeted by the New York Times’ Emily Steel, one of the reporters to whom O’Reilly made the comments. “Just as Bill O’Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request to avoid any future mentions of my son. My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son’s passing. The coroner has in fact indicated to us that they believe it was an accident.”

O’Reilly subsequently issued an apology on Twitter, which Bolling accepted.

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