Alan Colmes, lib­eral voice on Fox, dies at 66

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

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.

Fox spokes­woman Dana Klinghof­fer con­firmed his death Thurs­day. Fox also aired a trib­ute to Colmes, nar­rated by Han­nity, and a state­ment from his fam­ily say­ing that he died Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter “a brief ill­ness.’’ Colmes was 66 and is sur­vived by his wife, Jo­ce­lyn Elise Crow­ley, the sis­ter of long­time Fox con­trib­u­tor Mon­ica Crow­ley. In a state­ment is­sued through Fox, Han­nity called Colmes “one of life’s most de­cent, kind and won­der­ful peo­ple.’’

Colmes was a New York City na­tive and Hof­s­tra Univer­sity grad­u­ate who worked for years in ra­dio, no­tably on WABC and WNBC, 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, which brought Colmes both fame and ridicule.

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