A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News confirmed Thursday morning that its founder, Roger Ailes, has died at age 77. It was first reported by Drudge Report, who published a statement from the former network executive’s wife.

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A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Roger Ailes, shown in his office, May 18, 1971, New York. Ailes devised the highly successful “man in the arena” television appearances for then-candidate Richard Nixon in 1968. He remained a part-time consultant to President Nixon for special projects. (Photo: Jerry Mosey/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Vice President George H.W. Bush, left, gets some advice from his media adviser, Roger Ailes, right, as they stand behind the podium at the Superdome in New Orleans, prior to the start of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 17, 1988. (Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Media consultant Roger Ailes is shown backstage at the debate between New York mayoral candidates David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani in New York, Nov. 4, 1989. Ailes was Giuliani’s adviser. (Photo: Peter Morgan/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, right, speaks at a press conference in New York on Jan. 30, 1995, where he announced that cable-TV figure Roger Ailes, left, would head the new Fox 24-hour news network. (Photo: Peter Morgan/Reuters)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, left, speaks as NBC News President Andrew Lack listens during a hearing on 2000 election-night coverage before a House committee, explaining mistaken calls by the networks and promising changes to prevent further errors. (Photo: Alex Wong/Newsmakers)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes speaks during a panel session titled “Democracy and the Media: Are They Compatible?” at the 2005 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 19, 2005. (Photo: Fred ProuserReuters)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox Television Stations, addresses reporters during a news conference in New York, Feb. 22, 2006. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif., July 24, 2006. (Photo: Fred Prouser/Reuters)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at network headquarters in New York prior to his resignation in September 2016. His announcement came amid charges by former anchor Gretchen Carlson, who claims she was fired after refusing his sexual advances. (Photo: Jim Cooper/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto, left, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, center, and Fox News chief Roger Ailes at the Fox Business Network launch party, Oct. 24, 2007, in New York. (Photo: Louis Lanzano/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

James Murdoch, left, and Roger Ailes at an Anti-Defamation dinner that honored Rupert Murdoch on Oct. 13, 2010, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. (Photo: Tim Boxer/Getty Images)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Barbara Walters, left, Roger Ailes and his wife, Elizabeth Tilson Ailes, are seen at the Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People in Media event on April 11, 2012, in New York. (Photo: Brian Ach/AP for The Hollywood Reporter)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Roger Ailes, left, and Bill O’Reilly at the Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People in Media event on April 11, 2012, in New York. (Photo: Brian Ach/AP for The Hollywood Reporter)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chief Roger Ailes and son Zachary attend the “Great Gatsby” world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall on May 1, 2013, in New York. (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and his wife, Elizabeth Tilson Ailes, attend a dinner of the New York Jewish Community Relations Council New York on April 2, 2014. Behind them is Jamie Colby, center, a Fox News Channel anchor. (Photo: Tim Boxer/Getty Images)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Roger Ailes attends a special screening of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in New York on Feb. 9, 2015. (Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes on Nov. 13, 2015, at the network’s Manhattan headquarters. (Photo: Wesley Mann/Fox News via Getty Images)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes walks with his wife, Elizabeth Tilson Ailes, as they leave the News Corp. building, July 19, 2016, in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A look back at Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at age 77

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is helped to his car by his wife, Elizabeth, as they leave the News Corp. building, July 19, 2016, in New York. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)