Former Fox News correspondent Wendell Goler died at the age of 70, according to the network.
Goler, who joined Fox News in 1996, died earlier in the week. Based in Washington, he covered five presidents throughout his career.
“Wendell was a gifted correspondent, a wonderful colleague and a Fox News original whose reporting was respected on both sides of the aisle. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Marge and his entire family,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement on Thursday.
The Washington Fox News bureau chief Bryan Boughton stated that he will “cherish what he taught me” about journalism.
So very sad to hear that my former colleague Wendell Goler- who covered the White House for years – has died. Wendell was a consummate pro and a real gentlemen. My sincere condolences to his family #RIP
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) March 5, 2020
Blessings and condolences to Wendell Goler’s family and friends. https://t.co/RmVoUMULHH
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 5, 2020
“Wendell Goler was a great journalist and helped build Fox News from the ground up,” Boughton remarked. “Wendell was a professional who pursued all angles of a story so he could report it fairly. Wendell was also a great guy to work with and brought a lot of fun and smiles to our long hours of travel around the world.”
Goler departed Fox News in 2014, saying it had been a “hell of a ride” during his final day at work.
R.I.P. Wendell Goler. Served as a Senior White House and Foreign Affairs correspondent from Fox News Channel’s inception in 1996 before retiring in 2014. Consummate pro indeed. He was 71. https://t.co/onAIwp7oRu
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) March 5, 2020
The Fox report didn’t elaborate on his cause of death, but Fox News host Brit Hume said it may have been kidney failure.
“Very sad to report that longtime Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler has died at age 70. He was a true professional who did consistently solid and balanced work for Fox. He was also a wonderfully nice man and a good friend. The apparent cause was kidney failure. RIP,” Hume wrote on Twitter.
Very sad to report that longtime Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler has died, at age 70. He was a true professional who did consistently solid and balanced work for Fox. He was also a wonderfully nice man and a good friend. The apparent cause was kidney failure. RIP
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 5, 2020
Other than Hume, several other Fox News personalities including Bret Baier offered their condolences.