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Fox News founder Roger Ailes, 77, dies of complications from fall

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 18, 2017 at 8:37 a.m. Updated May 18, 2017 at 4:19 p.m.

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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. Fox News said on Thursday, May 18, 2017, that Ailes has died. He was 77. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He was 77.

Ailes died after a fall at his Palm Beach home on May 10 caused bleeding on the brain, the Palm Beach County medical examiner's office said. Ailes fell in his bathroom, hit his head and was bleeding profusely. He was taken to a hospital by attending paramedics, the Palm Beach, Fla., Police Department said.

A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and a one-time adviser to President Donald Trump, Ailes displayed a mastery of modern messaging early in his career. Then he changed the face of 24-hour news when, in 1996, he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN and other TV outlets they deemed left-leaning.

That October, Ailes flipped the switch on Fox News Channel, which within a few years became the audience leader in cable news. Ailes branded the network "Fair and Balanced" and declared he had left the political world behind, but conservative viewers found a home and lifted prime-time commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity to the top of the news ratings.

"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better," Hannity tweeted Thursday.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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DEE672 says... May 18, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.

Good riddance. Do not rest in peace.

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ARMNAR says... May 18, 2017 at 2:42 p.m.

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snakebite60 says... May 18, 2017 at 4:13 p.m.

Mrs Ailes and family sorry for your loss. he was an insightful and hardworking patriot that created the most watched cable show in history. among other things.

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gohogs17 says... May 18, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.

672: Shame on you, you're heartless.

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DEE672 says... May 18, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.

Mr. Ailes used his position of power to force women into sex in order to keep their jobs. The Fox network had to pay him something like 42 Million dollars to get him to get lost. See what good the millions did him when he died in disgrace.

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Packman says... May 18, 2017 at 5:43 p.m.

Hey DEE - Did you make same comment when Ted Kennedy passed? Would ask the same of Mary Joe Kepecney, but that's who Kennedy killed. Will you make similar comment when Bill Clinton goes to meet that big blue dress in the sky? Or are you only outraged by conservative louts? Yea, that's what I thought.

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libertas2u says... May 18, 2017 at 6:32 p.m.

Packman thank you. The uncivil discourse from the left is becoming intolerable and the hypocrisy is beyond the pale.

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JB23 says... May 18, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.

Which fall?

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ARMNAR says... May 18, 2017 at 9:33 p.m.

I see lib still loves the pussy grabber.

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wolfman says... May 18, 2017 at 11:54 p.m.

He deserved to get fired. In most work places there is a zero tolerance for harassment I never liked the man nor his definition of news. He dumbed it down and turned it into newstainment News should be informative not entertaining

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