Eric Bolling is raising awareness about the opioid crisis through the tragedy of his teenage son’s death.
The former Fox News host took to Twitter on Wednesday — the 100-day anniversary of the overdose of his only child, 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling — to call attention to the issue.
“Eric Chase passed 100 days ago,” he said. “Last night, a friend contacted me — his son died of an opioid overdose also. This is a national epidemic. I am a warrior in the fight to save our kids from this killer.”
Eric Chase, who was studying economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was found dead on Sept. 8. His cause of death was ruled an accidental “mixed drug intoxication” after authorities discovered cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and opioid drugs in his system. The Boulder County Coroner’s report confirmed that the opioid drugs fentanyl and cyclopropyl fentanyl were found in his system.
Fentanyl, the same drug that killed music icon Prince, is classified as a Schedule II drug by the federal government, and its medical uses are typically pain management following surgery or for chronic pain. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Cyclopropyl fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is chemically similar to fentanyl but is not intended for human or animal use.
“Eric Chase’s passing has been ruled an accidental overdose that included opioids,” Bolling, 54, tweeted after the autopsy report was revealed. “[My wife] Adrienne and I thank you for your continued prayers and support. We must fight against this national epidemic, too many innocent victims.”
The same day that Eric Chase’s body was discovered, Fox News parted ways with the elder Bolling after a Huffington Post report revealed in August that he allegedly sent unsolicited inappropriate text messages to female colleagues. Bolling sued the reporter who broke the story in response, launching a $50 million defamation lawsuit. An attorney for the journalist, Yashar Ali, has demanded the lawsuit be dropped, calling it “utterly devoid of merit.”
“That’s not the Eric we know,” she said. “Yes, he cared about his dad, but he was a strong man. He’d faced adversity before and he always came back stronger than ever before.”