Eric Chase Bolling, Jr., the son of Fox News anchor Eric Bolling, has died. According to TMZ, he committed suicide hours after his father was forced out of the network. Eric Bolling allegedly send lewd photo messages of his genitals to his co-workers on the Fox series “The Five.”
The junior Bolling reportedly took his life on Friday afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, where he attended school. His body was found off campus. He was 19.
Here’s what you need to know about him and his life:
1. He Was Studying Economics at the University of Colorado-Boulder
According to his Facebook page, Eric Chase was born in Old Tappan, New Jersey and was studying economics at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
In a 2013 interview with Fox News, Bolling spoke on the love he had for his son: “I adore my family. [I] have an awesome son Eric Chase, great student and also a fine baseball player. He plays left field for the local HS team.” Bolling was also an athlete in his youth, as he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league baseball team in 1984.
2. He Was Hospitalized for a Snowboarding Accident in 2012
In 2012, Eric Chase suffered a lacerated spleen during a snowboarding accident. His father publicly announced the news on Facebook, where he thanked fans for their prayers and support. He also addressed his son’s condition on “The Five”, where he thanked the medical professionals at the Albany Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit who were caring for Eric Chase.
“They are absolutely the greatest people on earth,” Bolling said. “No amount of money is that you can pay doctors and nurses is too much. They deserve every penny.” Eric Chase eventually made a full recovery.
3. Bolling Once Lost Millions for Reading to His Son’s Preschool Class
When Eric Chase was in preschool, he asked his father to read a book to his class. He picked The Spider And The Fly and reportedly told his father the date for which he would read it. When it finally came around, however, Eric Chase had to remind his father. Bolling agreed to go, unaware that his decision to do so would cost him an estimated $2 million.
Bolling retold the story to Benzinga in 2010:
Overnight some weather pattern had changed. It was supposed to be mild weather, well it was freezing. It was frigid weather, some Canadian air had come down, and natural gas was popping off the charts, it was just exploding. 20 cents, 40 cents, 80 cents higher. And I’m short, I was bearish. I’m sitting down and we started reading Spider and the Fly, and my phone is buzzing off the hook, and I can only think it’s one of two things. It’s either really good because the market turned around and I’m right, or really bad, really really really bad, because the people wouldn’t bother me unless it was something really bad.
“Honestly, I would change the loss but I wouldn’t change the chance to read for him. He’s why I left Fast Money”, Bolling revealed in 2010.
4. He Was Regularly Involved in Charities & Social Services
Eric Chase, along with his parents, took up an interest in helping those less fortunate. According to Liveramup, the family were regularly involved in charities and social services. In 2015, Bolling posted photos on Twitter and Facebook that show them serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
“Eric Chase, Adrienne and I are blessed to be able to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the needy at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission,” he wrote on Facebook, “Thousands enjoyed a wonderful holiday dinner.”
5. Many Have Taken to Social Media to Pay Their Respects to the Bolling Family
While the specifics of Eric Chase’s death remain unknown, many users have taken to Twitter and Facebook to offer their condolences to the Bolling family.
Journalist Yashar Ali was one of the first to report that Bolling’s son had died. Ali tweeted: “Very sad news, Eric Bolling’s son, who was only 19, died last night. By all accounts, Eric was incredibly devoted to his son. Heartbreaking.”
Fox News also released an official statement on Eric Chase’s death, which read: “We are very saddened to hear about 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.”