19 May, 2017
Ailes, a hemophiliac who was born in the factory town of Warren, Ohio, was hospitalized numerous times as a child and consequently developed a matter-of-fact attitude about mortality.
Ailes' career in television began in Cleveland and Philadelphia, where he started as Property Assistant (1962), Producer (1965), and Executive Producer (1967-68) for KYW-TV.
Aside from his work with Fox News, Ailes was also known for being a media consultant for several past presidents, such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
The cable network's hosts struggled to hold back tears as they read a statement from Mr Ailes' wife, Elizabeth, announcing his death yesterday.
Moving from politics to media full time, Ailes was named president of CNBC in 1993.
Ailes was famous for his shrewd leadership of Fox, including his focus on airing conservative opinions and hiring anchors and reporters with big personalities. Owner Rupert Murdoch took over as chairman and interim CEO.
The real driver that created Trump the politician was the network's decades-long campaign to discredit the "biased liberal media" and its constant handwringing over "political correctness". We're told Ailes fell unconscious and his condition went downhill.
Fox passed CNN as the most-watched cable news network in 2002 and has stayed number one ever since-as of last summer, the channel had a higher daily viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined.
Roger Ailes at a TCA event.
A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken", calling him a "patriot".
His five-decade career ended in a blaze of sexual harassment allegations and lawsuit from former Fox News host Gretchen Carlon, which forced him to stand down in July a year ago.
Alexandra Petri, a writer for The Washington Post, jumped on the allegations of sexual harassment to mock both Ailes and those at Fox grieving his death.
Ailes was sacked from Fox News a year ago after he was accused of sexual harassment by more than 25 women.
Ailes reportedly received $40 million on his departure.
With his death, some are wondering what will come of those cases. She responded with a six-word statement: "That's not a discussion for today".
"Beth, you are in our thoughts and prayers", co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, "and so is Zachary, their lovely son".