Ousted Fox News anchor Eric Bolling's 19-year-old son found dead

ANI | Updated: Sep 10, 2017 03:04 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Sep 10 (ANI): Just hours after he parted ways with Fox News following a probe into claims of sexual harassment, Eric Bolling has been hit by more devastating news.

Bolling's 19-year-old son was found dead in Boulder, Colorado, where, according to his Facebook, he was studying economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Bolling confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that he and his wife are "devastated" and that details are still unclear.

"Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated," he wrote.

While a cause of death has not been confirmed, sources told TMZ.com that Eric Chase Bolling, Jr died from a drug overdose.

According to the insiders, he was having a hard time dealing with the trouble his dad was having at the network and was extremely embarrassed by the stories and was "emotionally upset."

The sad news comes hours after Bolling, who anchored Fox News' 'Cashin' In.' and co-hosted 'The Specialists' and 'The Five,' had been removed from his job following allegations that he harassed colleagues.

"Fox News Channel is cancelling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably. We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck," the network said in a statement.

Several TV commentators, including Fox News' Sean Hannity, took to the social media to express their condolences.

"To my dear friend, please know we all love you, will be here for you and your family," wrote Hannity.

Another former colleague of Bolling, Geraldo Rivera, tweeted, "Gut-wrenching news about Eric Bolling's 19-year old only son Eric. Erica and I weep for the Bolling family This is horrible, our condolences."

"So awful," said CNN anchor Don Lemon. "My heart goes out to Eric and his family."

Katie Pavlich, a commentator who frequently appears on Fox News, tweeted: "Overwhelmed by the news of Eric Bolling's son. How absolutely horrific and devastating."

Mike Cernovich, the alt-right internet commentator, tweeted: "Male suicide is one of the most underreported issues of our time. RIP Chase Bolling."

Andrew Kaczynski, a journalist with CNN's KFile unit, wrote, "This is very sad on a human level, regardless on what you thought of Eric. Thoughts for the family."

Bolling reportedly had texted an unsolicited photo of male genitalia to at least three female co-workers years ago. (ANI)

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