Fired Fox News Host Eric Bolling Releases Statement After Son Reportedly Commits Suicide

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Eric Bolling on Fox News Channel's 'The Five'  Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

The son of fired Fox News Channel anchor Eric Bolling reportedly committed suicide on Friday, September 9.

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TMZ reports that 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling Jr died on Friday night.

New York magazine and Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali tweeted, “Very sad news, Eric Bolling’s son, who was only 19, died last night. By all accounts, Eric was incredibly devoted to his son. Heartbreaking.”

The news anchor’s former colleague Sean Hannity took to Twitter to offer his condolences on Saturday afternoon, writing, “@ericbolling To my dear friend, please know we all love you, will be here for you and your family.”

Mediaite reports that the teenager was Bolling’s only child.

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Bolling released the following statement on Twitter on Saturday: “Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated.”

Fox News announced on Friday, September 8, that it was parting ways with Bolling, who was recently at the center of controversy after allegations surfaced that he had sexually harassed female colleagues at the network, sending them lewd photographs.

“Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement on Friday, according to Variety. “We thank Eric for ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”

Eric Chase Jr. pre-prom. My guy is growing up.

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The former commodities trader and best-selling author, who was a longtime cohost of The Five, tweeted in August that he was looking forward to clearing his name after the allegations surfaced.

“I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks!” he wrote on August 9 after he was suspended by the network pending the results of an investigation.

Fox News Channel released a statement to Us Weekly on Saturday about Bolling’s son’s death: “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.”

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