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Wendell Goler, Former Fox News Senior White House Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Dies at 70

Goler was with the network for its 1996 launch

Wendell Goler, former Fox News senior White House foreign affairs correspondent, died this week, a spokesperson for the cable news channel confirmed to TheWrap Thursday. He was 70.

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume announced his longtime colleague’s passing on Twitter, saying that the “apparent cause [of Goler’s death] was kidney failure.”

Goler joined Fox News when it first launched in 1996 as a correspondent. The late reporter rose through the ranks at the cable news channel, working his way up to senior White House foreign affairs correspondent. He retired from that position in 2014.

You can watch Shepard Smith’s interview with Goler on his last day at Fox News via the video above.

Before coming to Fox News, Goler worked as a White House correspondent for the Associated Press Broadcast Services. He was also a reporter for several Washington, D.C.-based stations, including WJLA-TV and WRC-TV. Over the course of his 28-year career, Goler covered the administrations of five presidents.

“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,” Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, said in a statement Thursday.

Fox News senior vice president and D.C. bureau chief Bryan Boughton added: “Wendell Goler was a great journalist and helped build Fox News from the ground up. 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.”