Former Fox News host Eric Bolling’s 19-year-old son was found dead Friday evening.
Eric Chase Bolling’s untimely death came hours after the network announced the elder Bolling’s departure from “The Specialists.” His ouster came after he was accused of sending unsolicited photos of his genitalia to three female colleagues.
The younger Bolling studied economics at the University of Colorado Boulder, according to his Facebook profile. It’s unclear how he died.
He was Bolling’s only son with wife Adrienne.
“Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated,” Bolling tweeted Saturday afternoon.
Multiple reports said that the teenager took his own life, leading Bolling to tweet again.
“Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point. Autopsy will be next week. Please respect our grieving period,” he said in the follow-up tweet.
Fox News Channel issued a statement Saturday.
“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 read.
HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali broke the news of his death on Twitter Saturday.
“Very sad news, Eric Bolling’s son, who was only 19, died last night. By all accounts, Eric was incredibly devoted to his son. Heartbreaking,” Ali tweeted.
Ali added that Bolling was a committed father to his son.
“The one thing I heard from people consistently: he was a devoted dad,” Ali wrote, sharing a picture of the father-son duo together.
Fox News Channel severed ties with Bolling Friday following a suspension over allegations that he sent lewd photos to female co-workers.
Bolling was a 10-year network veteran and co-host of “The Specialists,” which aired at 5 p.m. ET.
“Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” Fox News Channel said in a statement Friday.
The network thanked him for his service and wished him “the best of luck.”
Bolling vowed to clear his name after reports of his sexting surfaced.
His lawyer, Michael J. Bowe, denied that Bolling had sent any “inappropriate communications” to colleagues.
He cited a HuffPost reporter’s “defamatory accusations” and threatened to seek “legal remedies.”
Last month, Bolling filed a $50 million lawsuit against Ali.
Condolences poured in on social media Saturday.
“@ericbolling To my dear friend, please know we all love you, will be here for you and your family,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Twitter.
“This is incredibly sad. Just heartbreaking for this family. Deepest condolences,” Joy Reid said.
Gov. Mike Huckabee also sent his support. “Just heard that Fox colleague and friend @ericbolling 19 yr. old son died; Prayers for Eric and family.”
A Boulder police spokesperson said they were investigating the case.