His enabling wife said in a statement:
I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family. Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary. He was a loyal friend to so many. Roger was a patriot, grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back.
Had his victims waited to come forward after his death, they almost undoubtedly would have been accused of making it all up when he couldn't defend himself. Instead, Gretchen Carlson went public, leading to Megyn Kelly and many others to chime in with their own personal stories of the repulsive man's inappropriate behavior.
CBS reporter Major Garrett (misspelled by his own network's Twitter feed) reflects on the positive experience he had at Fox News with Ailes, but makes sure to acknowledge that Ailes was a villain: