Eric Bolling announces son's death was an accidental overdose

Posted October 28, 2017

The college-aged son of disgraced Fox News host Eric Bolling died of an accidental drug overdose, according to a medical examiner's report.

Eric Chase Bolling was only 19 years old when he died. "Eric Chase's passing has been ruled an accidental overdose that included opioids 1", the mourning father, 54, revealed on Twitter Thursday.

In a tweet Thursday night, the elder Bolling thanked supporters for their prayers and urged people to fight the national drug epidemic.

The younger Bolling had a history of drug abuse, and a "white powdery substance" was found at the scene, according to the report.

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The Fox News contributor was sacked over claims of harassing text messages just hours before his son's death.

The coroner ruled that Eric Chase Bolling, 19, died on September 8 from a combination of cocaine and fentanyl, and stated that his death was accidental, according to an autopsy report released on Thursday evening. The network also canceled Eric Bolling's show, "The Fox News Specialists".

There have been reports Eric Jr. had turned to drugs amid stress of his father's ignominy.

"I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling", Bolling said in a statement obtained by the Daily Camera.

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This revelation comes just hours after Donald Trump's declaration that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency.

In a tweet, O'Reilly apologized to Bolling, saying "the message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids".

Sources have said that the Bolling Jr. was "destroyed" by the scandal.

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