Unidentified Fox News sources, told TMZ that Eric Chase Bolling Jr. was “emotionally upset” and embarrassed by the conduct that led to his father’s termination by Fox.
The teenager’s death has been reported as a suicide.
Eric Bolling Sr. was fired by Fox on Friday. In July, Bolling was accused of sexting at least three coworkers, a claim he denied. Fox, reeling from a chain of sexual harassment cases, suspended Bolling as it investigated the claim, before announcing Friday it was parting ways with him.
Bolling claimed he had been slandered “through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.’’ He has sued reporter Yashar Ali, who broke the story in a HuffPost article, for $50 million.
Eric Bolling Jr., 19, died Friday in Boulder Colo., where he was attending college.
Many tweeted their condolences.
@ericbolling To my dear friend, please know we all love you, will be here for you and your family.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) September 9, 2017
Guy-wrenching news about #EricBolling 19-year old only son Eric. Erica and I weep for the Bolling family This is horrible, our condolences
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 9, 2017
You’ve always been a kind & wonderful friend @ericbolling. My prayers are w/ you. May God bring you & your family comfort during your loss.
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) September 9, 2017
But others blamed Fox News for its treatment of the teen’s father.
— Deplorable😡Rāzərbak (@MediaJuggernaut) September 9, 2017
Heartbreaking, Eric Bolling son dies.
This man lost his job over a lie and then loses his son. We are praying for you @ericbolling.
— Mike (@mike_Zollo) September 9, 2017
“Eric Bolling Son Dies” To the Murdoch punks, and Yashar Ali, paid off bimbo murders. May they rot in the worst places in hell
— Greg Vogt (@GWVogt) September 9, 2017
Fox News released a statement on the teen’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,” the statement said.
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