Eric Bolling’s only child, 19-year-old Eric Chase, died on September 8, the day Fox News said it had parted company with his father.
Fox News suspended him last month after allegations he sent inappropriate photos to female co-workers.
Eric Bolling made the announcement in a tweet on September 9: “Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated.”
The former Fox News host added: “Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point. Autopsy will be next week. Please respect our grieving period.”
Fox News said in a statement: “We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Bolling’s son. Eric Chase was a wonderful young man and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bolling family.”
Eric Chase Bolling was a freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Boulder police were investigating a death near the university, but Sgt. Nick Smetzer said the department would not release the circumstances of the death or identify the person who died.
Eric Bolling worked for Fox News for 10 years and had been considered a rising star, one of its more vociferous supporters of Donald Trump. He hosted The Specialists, which aired at 5pm ET each weekday.
After initially suspending Eric Bolling pending an investigation, Fox News announced his departure on September 8.
Fox News said in a statement: “We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
They also confirmed they were canceling Eric Bolling’s show, The Specialists.
Eric Bolling’s lawyer, Michael Bowe, had previously told Reuters that he intended to co-operate with the investigation so Bolling could “return to work as quickly as possible.”
In August, Eric Bolling was allegedly suing the journalist who first broke the story for defamation, The Hill reported.
Other allegations of harassment involving top Fox News stars recently included Bill O’Reilly, who was dropped from the channel in April following reports that five women had received $13 million in payouts because of his behavior, and Roger Ailes, who resigned as chairman of Fox News following several accusations of harassment by female employees, which he denied. Bill O’Reilly denied the allegations. Roger Ailes died in May.
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