New York: Fox News’ long-term broadcaster and presenter Alan Colmes breathed his last Thursday, February 24. He was 66 and is survived by his wife.
While it is known that he was suffering from serious illness – he had announced his condition only very recently – he didn’t say clearly as to what sort of illness he was suffering from.
A statement while announcing his death said “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 [wife] Jocelyn…He will be missed”.
It was some 21 years ago in the year 1996 when the renowned presenter joined Fox News. He started co-hosting the supremely popular “Hannity & Colmes,” along with Sean Hannity. The program gave him an image with liberal leanings.
Sean Hannity, while talking about his association with Colmes said,
“When Alan and I started Hannity and 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…Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship. Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen…truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend” and that “he will be deeply missed.”
From accounts of friends and even Colmes himself before he died, it does not appear that he was struggling with the illness for long. In January, Colmes had announced he was taking some time off from his Fox News radio show for a medical reason, but he did not say what he was suffering from at that time. Fox Radio said that he sometimes mentioned it saying, “As I previously mentioned on the show last year, there would be times I would be taking off from the show to deal with a medical issue. This is why I’ve been out recently and will be out this week as well. But I will be back taking your calls as soon as I can”.