2001 v-6 ford explorer rough idle & dies

hesitates on acceleration, also rough idle then dies,help please!

Check engine light on? Get the codes scanned, and post them here. Autozone will do it for free. Post the actual codes (like P0134), and we’ll be glad to offer advise.

You should have the codes read. Some places will read them for FREE. Try Autozone or Advanced Auto Parts. Get the exact code (like P0123) not just their translation into English and post it back here. There may be codes waiting to be read even if you never noticed a CEL (light) .

How old are the spark plugs and wires, air and fuel filters? While you are at it if you need those you likely also need an oil and oil filter replacement.

That could be a slew of problems and need to be more specific. These are known to have intake manifold gasket problems. Are you loosing any antifreeze? Hope you are not using BOSCH plugs. You can have plug problems with this engine even though they look perfectly fine.