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Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox News, dead at 66

Posted: 1:42 PM, Feb 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-23 13:46:38-05
FOX News correspondents Alan Colmes, left, and Sean Hannity attend the Fox News Channel 10th Anniversary celebration on October 4, 2006 in New York City. (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

FOX News correspondents Alan Colmes, left, and Sean Hannity attend the Fox News Channel 10th Anniversary celebration on October 4, 2006 in New York City. (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died. He was 66.

Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer confirmed his death. Fox aired a statement from his family saying that he died Thursday morning after “a brief illness.”

Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley.

Colmes was a New York City native who worked for years in radio and standup comedy before joining Fox in 1996. That same year he and the conservative Hannity began a 12-year run as co-hosts of the popular “Hannity & Colmes” program. Colmes also was an author, his books including “Thank the Liberals” and “Red, White & Liberal.”

“It’s like a part of me left today… This was a good man with a great, huge heart,” Hannity said of Colmes’ passing, according to a tweet from Fox News.

“Alan was civil. Alan was kind. He was the staunchest supporter of freedom of speech I think I’ve ever met.”