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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. Officials say the name of Roger Ailes will be removed from a newsroom at Ohio University and a gift to the school will be returned as a result of the sexual harassment allegations against the former Fox News chairman. University President Roderick McDavis says in a statement Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, that, given the allegations against Ailes and the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, the appropriate action is to return his gift to the school and remove his name from the WOUB newsroom. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes died of bleeding on the brain after a fall


UPDATE 4:55 p.m. EST:

Roger Ailes died of bleeding on the brain caused by a fall at his home, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner.

UPDATE 9:48 a.m. EST:

Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor at New York Magazine and author of the 2014 Ailes biography "The Loudest Voice in the Room," said complications from a blood clot caused by a recent fall may have been a factor in the former Fox News chairman and CEO's death.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, Fox News reported.

Ailes resigned from his post at Fox News in July of 2016 after allegations of sexual harassment from female employees came to light. Ailes had been sued by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

The former CEO had worked at Fox for 20 years and is largely credited with building the company into the powerhouse it is today. 

Ailes was a Republican operative who foresaw what television could do for his party. When he was an aide to former President Richard Nixon in 1970, he wrote a 300-page memo entitled "A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News." 

"Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication," wrote Ailes. "The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit -- watch -- listen. The thinking is done for you."

Fox personality Sean Hannity wrote a Twitter thread remembering Ailes. 

Ailes' wife, Elizabeth, released a statement on her husband's death. 

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away 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 riseand 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..."

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