Just two hours after Fox News Channel’s Eric Bolling finalized his departure deal with the controversial network, the television personality had learned that his 19-year-old son Eric Chase Bolling Jr. had passed away in Boulder, CO — and now fans are wondering what caused the otherwise-healthy teenager to die. According to TMZ, the University of Colorado student was found dead in his bed on Friday afternoon after suffering “emotional torture” related to his father’s scandal with Fox News.
The elder Bolling was let go from the network after it was revealed that he had sent pictures of his genitalia to female colleagues. According to TMZ, he made the decision to leave the network earlier than he had originally wanted to in no small part because of the “publicity and embarrassment” that his son was facing in the wake of the scandal.
While many believe that Eric Jr.’s death was an overdose, TMZ reports that there weren’t any pills or drug paraphernalia found near his body, adding that there wasn’t a suicide note. Now, Eric Sr. and his wife, Adrienne, are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the 19-year-old’s cause of death. Eric Sr. took to Twitter shortly after learning of his only child’s death to confirm the sad news and thank fans for their outpouring of support.
Happy Fathers Day to me. Happy Fathers Day to me ...Happy Fathers Day dear Eric.. pic.twitter.com/0nsqWirLLP— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) June 18, 2017
Happy Fathers Day to me. Happy Fathers Day to me ...Happy Fathers Day dear Eric.. pic.twitter.com/0nsqWirLLP
“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. We are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received. Adrienne and I thank you all and ask that you please keep us in your prayers.”
Despite his departure from the network, Fox News Channel also shared their condolences with Eric Chase’s parents. In a statement, they said, “We are very saddened to hear 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.”