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Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes died Thursday morning

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(RNN) - Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes died on Thursday morning.

Drudge Report released a statement Thursday from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, that he died that morning.

"Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many," she said in the statement. "He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise and 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. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life."

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