Sad news this morning, as we learned that Fox News personality Alan Colmes passed away at the age of 66, after battling a brief illness. His wife issued this 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.
Watch the video tribute from Fox News:
Tributes from around the web began pouring in, including this one from his sister-in-law Monica Crowley:
More colleagues of Colmes tweeted their thoughts:
Colmes is most well known for his time with Sean Hannity on 'Hannity & Colmes' - a show that was crucial to the early success of Fox News Channel.
On a personal note, I probably wouldn't be in talk radio were it not for Alan Colmes. Long ago, when I was a college student delivering pizzas to earn money, I found his late night show, Radio Graffiti, on WTKS 104.1 out of Orlando, Fl. It quickly became something I listened to every single night, and that eventually exposed me to all the other shows on Real Radio 104.1 - and that led to me applying for an internship at that station and started me on this career path. Even if I rarely agreed with Alan Colmes, he was someone I always respected and admired.