New York: Alan Colmes of Fox News has passed away after a brief period of illness. He was 66 and is survived by his petite wife Jocelyn Crowley. Colmes died in a Manhattan hospital of lymphoma.
Alan Colmes was unlike many on Fox news. He was liberal in true sense and so was loved and respected by even those people who don’t have much love or respect for the news channel with which he was associated for decades.
A renowned journalist, Colmes was among the top Fox News commentators. He was a host and commentator who had been a mainstay of Fox News the launch of the cable TV channel. Alan Colmes’s The Alan Colmes Show was a nationally syndicated talk-radio show distributed by Fox News Radio that was broadcast across the US. He was also a co-host of a very popular Hannity & Colmes show, a nightly political debate show on Fox News Channel.
In a message condoling the demise of the renowned journalist, Hannity said, “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…Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen”.
He went on to add, “We had a deep, abiding friendship. It was never personal when we disagreed…The world is a little darker place today because a really great human being left us…I want people to know: this was a good man with a great, huge heart. … I have a hole in my heart today.”
Alan began his career as a standup comedian after graduating from Hofstra University in 1971. He moved into talk radio in 1984 when he landed a plum drive-time slot on New York’s WABC radio. Three years later he moved to WNBC radio. Colmes hosted programs for New York’s WMCA and Boston’s WZLX before he was tapped for TV at the dawn of the Fox News era in October 1996.