Alan Colmes, Dead at 66

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Longtime radio and cable news broadcaster Alan Colmes is dead at the age of 66 after reportedly battling a brief illness.

He leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Crowley, sister of conservative Monica Crowley.

Fox News moments ago reported on Colmes’ death with a segment narrated by Sean Hannity, who paired with Colmes for years on the venerable talk show Hannity & Colmes.

Hannity identified his old colleague as, “one of the nicest, kindest, and most generous people,” while his family released a statement a short time ago that read in part:

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 [Elise Crowley]. He will be missed. The family asks for privacy during this very difficult time.

Fox colleagues are extending their condolences on Twitter.

His wife Dr. Jocelyn Crowley is a public policy professor at Rutgers University.

A 2008 transcript shows that Alan Colmes once brought his wife on his television show to discuss her book, “Defiant Dads: Father’s Rights Activists in America.” They jokingly sparred on the show, with Colmes saying, “Actually, you’re on the show because I’m never — I’m not home nights. This is the only way I can see you.” His wife joked back, “This is the only way. You booked me on the show so we could actually communicate.”

Her bio for Rutgers says that Jocelyn Crowley has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University; M.P.P. from Georgetown University; and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She is a liberal like Alan Colmes but her sister Dr. Monica Crowley is a very conservative author and pundit.

It’s not been released yet specifically which illness Colmes died from; Fox News had time to develop a tribute program that it aired, however.

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