Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes dead at 77

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015 file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. A lawyer for Ailes is denying that the Fox News Channel chief executive sexually harassed network star Megyn Kelly. A statement on Tuesday came amidst a swirl of contradictory reports that Ailes had been ousted as head of the influential network. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(WTNH/CNN)– Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, his family told Fox News. He was 77-years-old.

Ailes started the network almost from scratch in 1996 and built it into not just a cable news ratings leader but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics.

Related: Roger Ailes out as head of Fox News, Fox Business

Ailes was arguably the most powerful man in media when he suddenly lost his job last summer. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor, sued him for sexual harassment, and other women came forward to support her claims. Ailes resigned July 21.

Related: Carlson settles lawsuit against Ailes for $20 million

No cause of death has been given at this time.

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