Shepard Smith fondly remembers "shaper of American history" Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes in a Fox News studio in 2006

Roger Ailes in a Fox News studio in 2006

He died in a way that was heartbreaking.

'There was an underdog spirit here that was exhilarating, ; Smith said of the early days of Fox News as it took on rivals CNN and MSNBC. It was Roger who drove the whole network to unprecedented success. "I had a hand in it, but he was the guy", O'Reilly told his podcast audience on Thursday.

"He was a tough, gruff guy".

In put-upon rhetoric seldom seen in RIP statements, Hannity wrote: "It would be nice if the media would leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief but knowing people that hated him and his politics and those that forget "all have sinned and fallen short" "and cast the first stone" I doubt that will happen". "The list of names are legion, and if you were straight with him, he had your back".

The media mogul also served as an adviser to Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and, after his exit from Fox News, the election campaign of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The property that Ailes picked at 6 Ocean Lane was sought as much for its ultra-modern interior than for the fact it's one of the few Palm Beach beachfront properties not separated from the ocean by a road. "That's a real interesting comparison", O'Reilly noted. He said Ailes became a father figure to him after his own father died in 1997.

Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not. "And no hater will ever be able to obscure that". - Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) May 18, 2017 Per 2nd family friend on cause of death: Ailes fell in Palm Beach and had a blood clot from the fall.

A longtime confident of media titan Rupert Murdoch, Ailes was seen as a central figure in the conservative United States political movement, who stood down at Fox in July past year after a sexual harassment lawsuit from former news host Gretchen Carlson. Ailes partnered with media king, Rupert Murdoch and used Murdoch's money as an investment to build Fox News to become the widely successful cable network that it's known for presently.

Ailes" most famous contribution to political consulting was the "Orchestra Pit Theory" for sensationalist media coverage: "If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, "I have a solution to the Middle East problem, ' and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?"

Ailes, who died at age 77, made recent headlines because of a series of sexual harassment allegations that ultimately lead to his ouster.

"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs", the 86-year-old said in a statement.

Twenty-First Century Fox had no immediate statement.

Ailes leaves behind his wife, along with their son, Zachary Ailes.

Fox News' Sean Hannity also paid tribute on social media.

"In the years I worked with Ailes he was a great mentor, deeply patriotic, committed to Fox News and really anxious about America".

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