Former Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes dies at 77

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- Roger Ailes, the man who built Fox News Channel into a ratings powerhouse, has died.

His death was announced by his family and reported on Fox News.

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.

Ailes resigned from the network last July amid several sexual harassment allegations against him, which he denied.

Gretchen Carlson, a former fox anchor, sued him for sexual harassment, and other women came forward to support her claims.

According to a family friend, Ailes fell at his home in Palm Beach, Florida last week; suffered complications; and slipped into a coma.

He passed away Thursday morning (May 18).

Ailes was 77-years-old.