Rupert Murdoch issued a statement Thursday mourning the loss of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who died this morning at age 77.
“Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved” by Ailes’ death, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel wrote. “Roger played a huge role in shaping America’s media over the last thirty years,” he wrote.
Murdoch was one of many Fox News figures who penned tributes to the late television and political figure. Sean Hannity wrote that “were it not for Roger Ailes, I would not be the person I am today.”
Laura Ingraham tweeted, “I will miss his friendship dearly.”
Read Rupert Murdoch’s full statement below:
Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes.
A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America’s media over the last thirty years. He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted. Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs.
At 21st Century Fox we will always be enormously grateful for the great business he built. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary.