TRAGEDY: Ousted Fox News Host Eric Bolling Son Dies at Age 19

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TRAGEDY: Ousted Fox News Host Eric Bolling Son Dies at Age 19

Ousted Fox News host Eric Bolling son dies at age 19, according to journalist Yashar Ali. Mediaite reports that Eric Chase Bolling died Friday night from possible suicide, though that has not been officially confirmed.  Ali said, “By all accounts, Eric was incredibly devoted to his son. Heartbreaking.”

TMZ reports that “Eric Chase died from a drug overdose. We’re told he was having a hard time dealing with the trouble his dad was having at the network. Our sources say he was extremely embarrassed by the stories and was “emotionally upset.””

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

He followed that up with a second tweet, presumably to counter TMZ’s reporting about Eric Chase’s death being the result of a drug overdose. Bolling tweeted: “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 also issued 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.”

The network announced on Friday that it had “amicably” severed ties with Bolling. He had been with the network for 10 years. Bolling hosted The Specialists, which has been canceled. He a panelist on The Five. 

Bolling’s firing comes after the network launched an investigation following a bombshell story broken by Ali that he sexually harassed former and current female coworkers by sending lewd text messages, including pictures of his genitals. Bolling responded to the report by filing a $50 million lawsuit against Ali, Politico reports.

Eric Chase was a economics major at the University of Colorado Boulder, according to Bolling’s Facebook page. He was the only child of Bolling and his wife Adrienne.