The former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, died Thursday at the age of 77, his wife Elizabeth Ailes shared in a statement without revealing the cause or place of death.
Ailes died at 77, his wife said in a statement Thursday morning.
"Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary, he was a loyal friend to so many".
Mr. Ailes resigned from his position as CEO in July 2016 after allegations that he committed sexual assault were revealed.
The floodgates opened on Ailes as dozens of women came forward with their own allegations of sexual misconduct against him, including another former Fox host, star Megyn Kelly.
Under Mr Ailes' leadership, Fox became US' most widely watched cable news channel, home to key conservative political commentators, and drew an audience distinct from rivals CNN and MSNBC.
"No one deserves more credit for the rightward movement of this country over the last 20 years or so than Roger Ailes", said Bruce Bartlett, a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who now considers himself an independent.
Ailes started Fox News in 1996. For decades [Roger Ailes has] impacted American politics and media.
By creating a cable news giant which became a favourite of conservatives, Ailes became a central USA political figure.
Hosts Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, and Sean Hannity quickly praised Ailes, and Ainsley Earhardt choked up on "Fox & Friends" while announcing Ailes' death.
"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs", he added. The Left would command a monopoly control of the so-called "news" media but for the Fox News Channel, and FNC would not exist but for him.
Rupert Murdoch, the head of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox, said Mr Ailes played a "huge role in shaping America's media over the last thirty years".
The formula shook the American news industry and changed American politics. The question remains though; if these ideologies passed on from people like Ailes to Donald Trump, will this also lead to Trump's demise.
Meanwhile, GabrielSherman, a journalist who has written extensively on Ailes and who recently sold a miniseries based on his reporting to Showtime called Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes, revealed that at least one of Ailes' sexual harassment victims believed his passing to be a form of "justice".