Read Rupert Murdoch's Memo to Fox News on Roger Ailes' Death

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

"The history of cable television will have a very big chapter on Roger Ailes". Nixon then put Ailes in charge of his television campaign for the 1968 presidential election. Anchor Shep Smith delivered a moving monologue during his program this afternoon while the Fox & Friends crew got emotional announcing his death.

With high-tech production values and cheeky slogans like "Fair and Balanced" and "We Report, You Decide", Fox News quickly challenged what Ailes viewed as a liberal-leaning mainstream media.

Many within the conservative community voiced their sorrow at the media icon's passing. "He was a genius".

Ailes went from a 27-year-old TV producer to successfully selling Richard Nixon to the American people in 1968.

"He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", the 41st president said in a tweet shortly after news broke Thursday about Ailes' death.

"Regardless of the dark sides of his character, I can tell you - and I'm sure you guys have stories - fiercely loyal", Joe Scarborough said.

Palm Beach police officials said this morning that Ailes didn't die in Palm Beach, though Palm Beach Fire-Rescue crews were summoned to his home last week, according to a dispatch report.

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Fox personalities including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are remembering Roger Ailes.

"Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history".

"But to his enemies know this; I say ADVANTAGE ROGER, In his mind he just has a head start in preparing to kick your a** in the next life", wrote Hannity.

In 1996, Ailes helped launch Fox News, which dramatically changed the media landscape.

Mr Ailes ran Fox News for two decades and is credited with transforming it into arguably the most powerful voice in conservative media. "In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a conservative media empire and was a consultant for several Republican presidents before being ousted in a sexual harassment scandal a year ago, died today at the age of 77.

Executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel Rupert Murdoch gave a statement of his own.

Fox passed CNN as the most-watched cable news network in 2002 and has stayed number one ever since-as of last summer, the channel had a higher daily viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined.

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