Hours after Eric Bolling was fired from Fox News, his 19-year-old son took his own life. The latest updates about the death of the younger Bolling indicate that he died of a drug overdose. Reports put Eric Chase Bolling being very upset about the accusations that have been put on his father, costing him his job at Fox News.
According to TMZ, Eric Chase Bolling was “embarrassed” by the stories being told about his father and was “emotionally upset.” Eric Bolling was let go from Fox News while he was on suspension. The Five co-host was accused of sending pictures of his genitals in lewd text messages to co-workers.
Bolling remained adamant that these accusations were false and he vowed to clear his name, but before he could do that, his son was found dead in Boulder, Colorado, where he attended school studying economics at the University of Colorado. Eric Chase was the only son of Eric Bolling and his wife, Adrienne.
Late afternoon on Saturday, Eric Bolling broke his silence to say that while details are still unclear on his son’s death, the authorities tell the family that it looks like Eric’s death was not due to self-harm. This discounts the reports of suicide that are swirling online today. The former Fox News host tweeted twice this afternoon. Both tweets appear below.
According to the Huffington Post, it was Fox News who confirmed his death after releasing 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 Bolling was accused of sending lewd text messages along with pictures to at least three female co-workers, according to USA Today. This was years ago that these messages were reportedly received by the three unnamed women. While the investigation was on-going, Bolling was suspended, and then on Friday, Fox News severed ties with the TV host.
According to the BBC News, Eric Bolling and Fox News decided to part ways “amicably” on Friday. This was at the conclusion of the investigation that Fox embarked on when the allegations first came to light. Fox News released a statement on Friday.
“We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
Bolling is suing the journalist who first broke the story for defamation, which was revealed last month. Yashar Ali wrote the piece about Eric Bolling in August and Bolling slapped a lawsuit on him for defamation. Here is the tweet Ali sent out right after getting Bolling’s summons.
Fingers are pointed at Yashar Ali today on social media sites, much like in the tweets below.
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