Political labels and orthodoxies were cast aside on Saturday afternoon as journalists and political operatives reacted to the tragic death of former Fox News host Eric Bolling’s son at the young age of nineteen.
Earlier Saturday it was reported that the only child of Bolling, Eric Chase, had passed away Friday night. While details of the young man’s death are unclear, the loss of a child at such a young age saddened those who heard the news despite 24/7 coverage of Hurricane Irma.
With New York Magazine contributor Yashar Ali breaking the news on Twitter, calling it “heartbreaking,” other joined in, including CNN’s Don Lemon who called it, “So awful.”
A sampling of condolences extended on Twitter below:
Guy-wrenching news about #EricBolling 19-year old only son Eric. Erica and I weep for the Bolling family This is horrible, our condolences
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 9, 2017
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) September 9, 2017
So awful. My heart goes out to Eric and his family. Tragedy: Eric Bolling Son Dies | Mediaite https://t.co/8DvUNqqi9M
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) September 9, 2017
@ericbolling To my dear friend, please know we all love you, will be here for you and your family.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) September 9, 2017
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.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) September 9, 2017
This is heartbreaking. Their only child. Can’t imagine the family’s pain. https://t.co/keBEXUr9FI
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) September 9, 2017
We should be able to separate Eric Bolling’s actions from the reported death of his only son. That’s a tragedy. We can’t lose our humanity.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 9, 2017
This is very very sad on a human level, regardless on what you thought of Eric. Thoughts for the family. https://t.co/T93SDUXwrC
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) September 9, 2017