Just hours after he was fired from Fox News for allegedly sending lewd text messages to female co-workers, Eric Bolling found out that his 19-year-old son died of a drug overdose.
According to a TMZ report, Eric Chase Bolling Jr. was having a difficult time dealing with his fathers’ troubles and overdosed on unspecified drugs Friday afternoon in Boulder, Colorado. He was attending school there, and he reportedly overdosed somewhere off-campus.
Bolling confirmed in a tweet that his son was found dead and asked for support through the difficult time, adding that an autopsy will be held in the coming days. He said there were no signs of self harm.
Just before that, Fox News released a statement expressing their sympathy to the Bolling family.
According to his Facebook page, Bolling Jr. was born in Old Tappan, New Jersey and was studying economics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. No additional details on his death were immediately available.
His death came just hours after Fox News Channel officially parted ways with his father, who previously worked as a co-host of The Five on the network. Bolling was placed on a suspension after an internal investigation into the alleged sexual harassment instances.
Bolling had fought the accusations, even filing a defamation lawsuit against Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali, who wrote a story about the allegations. Ali’s article accused Bolling of sexually harassing female colleagues at the news network, and multiple women came forward with similar accusations since its August 5 publication.
Bolling is married to Adrienne Bolling, and their son was their only child.
On January 1, 2012, Bolling posted on Facebook that Bolling Jr. was rushed to the ICU after he suffered a lacerated spleen while snowboarding in Albany. His father praised his doctors the next day on The Five.
“They are absolutely the greatest people on earth,” Bolling said. “No amount of money is that you can pay doctors and nurses is too much. They deserve every penny.”
Following news of his son’s death, Fox News host Sean Hannity offered his condolences.
Here are some photos of Eric Chase Bolling Jr.: