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.”