Facing a lawsuit, Ailes resigned in July.
Anchors of the channel's morning show Fox & Friends were noticeably emotional in announcing Ailes' death.
"Apart from the presidents he served, he was arguably the single most important figure in the creation of modern conservatism", David Greenberg, a Rutgers University political scientist, wrote in an essay for Politico past year.
"Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have", Murdoch wrote of Ailes, who died Thursday morning at age 77.More news: Ryan seeks to refocus GOP amid White House drama
The family statement called Ailes "a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back". The fall that caused the injury had not been reported prior to Ailes' death and it was not immediately clear whether it had caused him to be hospitalized.
"Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes", Murdoch said in a statement. "A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years". He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera he discovered, nurtured and promoted.
"Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country". "Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".
"Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted. Ailes denied the allegations, saying the reason her contract was not renewed was due to "disappointingly low ratings".More news: Trump defiant, doubting top advisers as White House in turmoil, sources say
Ailes, who was born in May of 1940, in Warren, Ohio, had suffered from hemophilia most of his life.
Let's start with the fact he came up as a TV producer, produced "The Mike Douglas Show", you know, a half century ago effectively and for a few years there and then joined up with Richard Nixon and helped propel him and become more of a media-savvy figure and campaigner. Gabriel Sherman, an Ailes biographer and editor of New York Magazine, tweeted that a family friend said Ailes battled complications after suffering "some kind of blood clot".
In 1984, he helped President Reagan recover from his disastrous opening debate with Democratic opponent Walter Mondale.
Democrats had an 82-seat House majority when Fox News was launched in October 1996.
Other GOP lawmakers praised Ailes for his transformative impact on news and politics and providing a platform for conservatives.
Ailes and Elizabeth were married in 1998.More news: Trump administration gives Congress notice they'll renegotiate Nafta
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