Eric Bolling’s Son Was “Emotionally Tortured” by Sexual Harassment Allegations (UPDATE)
UPDATE 9/11/2017 at 9:15 a.m. ET: According to sources close to Eric Bolling, Sr., his late son had been experiencing "emotional torture" over the sexual harassment allegations leveled at his father, which ultimately led to his Fox News exit over the weekend.
In fact, the news of his son's death came two hours after Eric Sr. confirmed his exit deal, TMZ reports.
Though there was reportedly no suicide note or evidence of drugs found with the body, it is still suspected the 19-year-old student died of an overdose. Autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.
Read on for more on this unfortunate tragedy.
Original story 9/10/2017 at 10:57 a.m. ET: Eric Chase Bolling Jr., the son of recently fired Fox news host Eric Bolling, was found dead on Friday, September 8.
He was 19 years old.
Happy Fathers Day to me. Happy Fathers Day to me ...Happy Fathers Day dear Eric.. pic.twitter.com/0nsqWirLLPEric Bolling (@ericbolling) June 18, 2017
Eric died in Boulder, Colorado, where he was a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The young man's tragic death came just after his father was let go from his Fox News position.
Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated.Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) September 9, 2017
After a Huffington Post article was published in August detailing sexual harassment allegations against the host, he was suspended from the network pending an internal investigation.
The piece, which cited a dozen anonymous sources, alleged that the TV vet had sent an unsolicited photo of genitalia to at least three colleagues.
Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation - $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting + will protect my sourcesYashar Ali (@yashar) August 9, 2017
Eric denied the accusations, and filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the reporter who published the story.
The host was ultimately dismissed from Fox this week, according to Salon.
“Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement.
“We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
After news broke of Eric's son's death, Fox released another statement expressing their condolences.
“We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Bolling’s son,” they told People.
“Eric Chase was a wonderful young man and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bolling family.”
The writer of the Huffington Post article, Yashar Ali, also responded to the news on Twitter.
"Very sad news, Eric Bolling's son, who was only 19, died last night," he wrote.
"By all accounts, Eric was incredibly devoted to his son. Heartbreaking."
On Saturday, TMZ reported that Eric's death may have been caused by a drug overdose.
Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point. Autopsy will be next week. Please respect our grieving period.Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) September 9, 2017
Later that day, Eric Sr. took to Twitter to share that the family was still waiting for autopsy results, but authorities had at that point not discovered any signs of self-harm.
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