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Former Local Texas Fox Affiliate Producer Kills Himself Outside News Corp. Building in Manhattan

Jan 26, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“A former Fox producer from Texas with a grudge against his bosses shot himself to death outside company headquarters in Midtown Manhattan on Monday morning, police said,” reports the New York Daily News.

The story continues, “A suicide note and a gun were found with the body of Phillip Perea, who suffered one bullet wound to the chest, sources said. A stack of business cards that read ‘The American Workplace Bully: How Fox News ended my career’ was found nearby.”

According to the Wall St. Journal (which, like Fox, is owned by News Corp.), Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a message to employees Monday “This morning, a former employee at FOX 7 KTBC (Austin) committed suicide outside FOX Television Stations’ headquarters in New York City. He was employed at our Austin television station for ten months and has not been with the station or FTS since June 2014. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

The WSJ story says Perea was 41 years old.

To read about the incident that sparked Perea’s ire, here is a link to an article in the Austin Chronicle.


  1. A case of mental health issues or a man who could just no longer take his employer’s editorial edict and the facade it represented ?


  2. His death was tragic and it appears he was troubled. That said, he should have been supported – not criticized – for using a picture of the APD Chief in an internet post. The picture accurately portrayed the chief losing his temper at a news conference. May God comfort his family.

  3. It’s moronic the race to make Fox News the bad guy here, when clearly this man had major league mental problems. No work place can be blamed for his actions.

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