Fox News reported Thursday morning that after a brief illness, Alan Colmes has died at the age of 66.
The Colmes family issued the following statement:
Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. 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. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.
The likable, if sometimes curmudgeon liberal squared off for years with Sean Hannity on Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes.”
The show ended in January 2009, and Colmes continued to host his own radio show “The Alan Colmes Show.”
Hannity called his long time partner “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 said in a statement, according to Fox News.
“Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen.”
Condolences from colleagues and friends poured in on social media and all had a common theme: Colmes was a “good guy.”
Alan Colmes was always a gentleman…always kind…a wonderful colleague. pic.twitter.com/VxQimzE3bZ
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) 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
Very sad to report our friend and colleague @AlanColmes has passed away.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) February 23, 2017
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
A wonderful man. I will miss your spirit, Alan. https://t.co/0Rr5EiwSBq
— BILL HEMMER (@BillHemmer) February 23, 2017
Whoa. Alan Colmes died. We sparred a bunch, but decent guy. RIP.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 23, 2017
WHAT? @AlanColmes passed away????? Noooooooooooo! Very sad. He was a good guy. Always surprised people that way. https://t.co/RL1AmwGpmx
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 23, 2017
RIP old friend. Thank you for your early support and guidance. You always were honest, classy and smart. @AlanColmes pic.twitter.com/Tb4flQAcId
— steve jones (@stevejonesabc) 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
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
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
Passing of a kind-hearted, good man who stood for his principles. @AlanColmes, RIP.
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) 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
[email protected]lanColmes was a kind and often hilarious man. I enjoyed debating, but personally liked him even more. I will miss him. RIP.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) February 23, 2017
I'm so very sad to learn Alan Colmes has died. A true gentleman and passionate advocate of his beliefs. FNC won't be the same without him.
— Jon Scott (@JonScottFNC) 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
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my @foxnews colleague @alancolmes. A very nice, genuine man I had the pleasure to work with.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 23, 2017
Aaaaw man. Alan Colmes was a great guy. Always treated people well and was one of the few liberals who engaged in ideas. RIP, friend.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) February 23, 2017