Former Fox News host Eric Bolling’s 19-year-old son was found dead on Friday evening, just hours after the network announced that Bolling would be departing from the company amid accusations of sending unsolicited lewd images to three female colleagues.
Eric Chase Bolling was an economics student at the University of Colorado Boulder at the time of his death. He was the only son that Eric Bolling had with wife Adrienne. Initial reports suggest that the victim took his own life on Friday afternoon at his off-campus residence, but those reports have not yet been corroborated by law enforcement.
“We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Bolling’s son,” said Fox News Channel in a statement. “Eric Chase was a wonderful young man and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bolling family.
Fellow Fox News personalities took to social media to share their condolences with the Bolling family.
“To my dear friend, please know we all love you, will be here for you and your family,” wrote Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Last month, news broke of several accusations against Bolling alleging that he had sent pictures of his genitalia to at least three female colleagues, both current and former. The women reportedly recognized Bolling’s cellphone number from previous work-related interactions, with the most recent message having been sent years ago.
“Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made,” attorney Michael J. Bowe said at the time.
On Friday, Fox News Channel announced that it would cancel “The Fox News Specialists,” the late-afternoon show Bolling helped to launch. He was a longtime co-host of “The Five,” as well as a former commodities trader and best-selling author.