Fox News Commentator Alan Colmes Dies at 66
He served as the liberal counterpart on the long-running 'Hannity & Colmes' debate show.
Fox News contributor Alan Colmes has died at 66, the channel announced on Thursday morning.
His wife, Jocelyn Crowley, told Fox News that he died after a brief illness.
"He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn," Crowley said in a statement. "He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time."
Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer also announced the news of Colmes' death on the air. The network then broadcast a tribute package from Sean Hannity, Colmes' former co-host on Hannity & Colmes.
In his own statement, Hannity called Colmes "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."
"When Alan and I started Hannity & Colmes, there wasn't a day that went by where we didn't say we were the two most fortunate men in all of television," Hannity added, saying that despite their political differences, he and Colmes "forged a deep friendship." "Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen."
A graduate of Hofstra, Colmes had a string of successful radio shows on WNBC, WABC and WMCA in New York, gaining a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal commentator. He hosted more radio talk shows on WEVD-AM and WZLX in Boston before landing a national afternoon radio show in 1990.
He joined Fox News Channel in 1996, serving as the liberal counterpart on Hannity & Colmes, a one-hour debate show, which aired on weeknights from 9-10 p.m. ET until January 2009.
He returned to radio recently, hosting the news-driven late-night talk show The Alan Colmes Show, which was syndicated nationally by Fox News Channel.
He had taken a leave of absence from the show, addressing listeners on Jan. 30.
"As I previously mentioned on the show last year, there would be times I would be taking off from the show to deal with a medical issue," Colmes said then, according to Fox News. "This is why I've been out recently and will be out this week as well. But I will be back taking your calls as soon as I can."
Colmes' Fox News colleagues have been mourning his death on social media, with Brit Hume and former Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren all tweeting about him. Other cable-news pundits have also taken to Twitter to remember Colmes.
So sad to hear of the death of Fox News colleague Alan Colmes. He and I agreed on little, but I liked him immensely. Good guy. R.I.P.— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 23, 2017
Some thoughts on the sad passing of Alan Colmes https://t.co/3vstPIMHW4— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) February 23, 2017
Remembering @AlanColmes who passed away at 66, a funny, smart, passionate broadcaster who was beloved by all. Rest In Peace, Alan— Steve Doocy (@SteveDoocy) February 23, 2017
Very saddened by the news of @AlanColmes' passing. We'll miss your quick wit and kind heart, my friend.— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) February 23, 2017
re:Alan Colmes death-he was actually more fun to be around than some crotchety conservatives w/o sense of humor; respected him; miss him— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 23, 2017
Very sad to report our friend and colleague @AlanColmes has passed away. Alan was one nice, happy bright light. RIP AC.— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) February 23, 2017
So sad to hear the news about my friend Alan Colmes. He was a wonderful colleague, kind person and a great debater. He will be missed.— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) February 23, 2017
Alan Colmes was always a gentleman...always kind...a wonderful colleague. pic.twitter.com/VxQimzE3bZ— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) February 23, 2017
RIP @AlanColmes. Shock. While is disagreed with him on many things he was a good and decent man. Indeed, all that matters in the end.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) February 23, 2017
Heartbroken my friend Alan Colmes has died. He lit up the FNC halls w/his kindness & humor. Incredibly positive force. Prayers 4 his family.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 23, 2017