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Roger Ailes, Founder of Murdoch's Fox News, Dies at 77

  • He made FNC the most-watched cable news channel in the U.S.
  • Ailes ousted last year amid sexual-harrassment allegations
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Roger Ailes, a former U.S. presidential adviser who started the Fox News Channel to promote a Republican agenda and built it into the most-watched U.S. cable news network before resigning amid sexual harassment allegations, has died. He was 77.

Ailes died Thursday, the network said, citing a statement from his wife, Elizabeth. The cause was “complications of a subdural hematoma” suffered after he fell and hit his head, according to a statement from the the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner. Hemophilia contributed to his death, and there was no evidence of foul play. The incident occurred on May 10 at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a Palm Beach Police Department event report.