The timing is not strange. Ailes lost his position of influence and it was detrimental to his health. He was unable to recover and died at 77, ~6 years below the median age for all men in his birth cohort, and far younger than most of his economic peers.
Older white Americans across the mid section of the U.S. have suffered from a similar pattern of premature death for years now. Loss of job. Loss of prestige. Loss of health. Early death.
I have long believed his propaganda machine helped create this situation. The fact that it may have pulled him in at the end as well is sad. But not surprising in light of his recent loss of stature. Crowing about his death now is...... probably dumb. A healthy, lively and engaged Roger Ailes would have been yet another high end player in our current political-Kabuki funhouse. He would almost certainly have damaged the prospects of some actors whom I very much want to see lose out. Possibly Trump. Probably some of Trump's crazier, Strangelovian advisors. He might have found a way to play favorites with Pence and Ryan, in the wake of an anticipated Trump "departure" from power.
We might have been better off as a nation with a damaged Ailes fighting to get back into power, cutting down some of his erstwhile fellow travelers on his way back up.