Matt Drudge has just announced that Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of Fox News, has passed on:

Ailes’ wife Elizabeth put out a statement confirming the news:

I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.

During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.