- Chase Bolling/Facebook
Eric Bolling’s son was found dead on Friday, just hours after Fox News announced that it was parting ways with the former Fox News host.
TMZ reported that Eric Chase Bolling, 19, was found dead Friday afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, the result of what the outlet first reported was a suicide, and later said was a drug overdose.
One source close to Bolling, however, disputed TMZ’s reporting, saying that authorities have not yet determined a cause of death, and that an autopsy will be performed on Monday.
The Boulder Police Department told Business Insider that Bolling’s death was still under investigation, and the coroner’s office will not release any information on his death until Monday.
Bolling confirmed the news in a tweet, though he cautioned that the circumstances surrounding his son’s death were still unclear.
“Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated,” he wrote.
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
Following the news of Chase Bolling’s death, Fox News issued a brief statement on Saturday.
“We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Bolling’s son,” the statement said. “Eric Chase was a wonderful young man and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bolling family.”
A number of prominent journalists and media personalities offered their respects to Bolling’s family.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 9, 2017
@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
So awful. My heart goes out to Eric and his family. Tragedy: Eric Bolling Son Dies | Mediaite https://t.co/8DvUNqqi9M
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) September 9, 2017
My heart goes out to @ericbolling whose son passed away yesterday. Absolutely tragic. Condolences from the bottom of my heart.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) September 9, 2017
This is very very sad on a human level, regardless on what you thought of Eric. Thoughts for the family. https://t.co/T93SDUXwrC
— andrew kaczynski ???? (@KFILE) September 9, 2017
The younger Bolling’s death came just hours after Fox News announced that it was parting ways with Eric Bolling a month after the Huffington Post first reported that Bolling send unsolicited lewd text messages to colleagues at Fox News and Fox Business Network.
Bolling denied the claims, and took legal action against the reporter who broke the story, Yashar Ali.