(NBC) -- Former Fox News Chief Roger Ailes has died.
He was 77 years old.
Ailes' wife issued a statement Thursday morning saying she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken" on her husband's passing.
Ailes found Fox News in 1996, building it into a cable news ratings leader and a platform for right wing politics.
He left the network last year after a series of sexual harassment claims. The cause of death is not known at this time.
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