Fox News political commentator Alan Colmes has died at the age of 66.
His wife, Jocelyn Crowley, confirmed his death in a 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.”
After news broke of his death, his former co-host from “Hannity & Colmes,” which was on the air from 1996 until 2009, 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.”
He went on, "Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen.”
Last month, Colmes opened up about his recent absence from the show, 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.”
His death came just days after Fox News Channel's Brenda Buttner lost her battle to cancer at the age of 55.