'Hannity & Colmes' star Alan Colmes dead at 66

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Alan Colmes has died at the age of 66.

The longtime Fox News commentator and liberal star of "Hannity & Colmes" passed away Thursday after a brief illness. Colmes leaves behind his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following 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."

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 04: (L-R) FOX News Correspondents Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity attend the Fox News Channel 10th Anniversary celebration on October 4, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: TV personality/author Alan Colmes promotes the book 'Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America' at the New York Friars Club on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Robert Klein and Alan Colmes attend the signing of the book 'Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America' at the New York Friars Club on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: TV personality/author Alan Colmes promotes the book 'Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America' at the New York Friars Club on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Alan Colmes speak at The Adult Swim RobotChicken Panel At New York Comic Con 2014 at Jacob Javitz Center on October 10, 2014 in New York City. 24884_010_176.JPG (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage for Turner Networks)
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Bill Hemmer also told fans of the sad news during "America's Newsroom" Thursday morning and aired a special tribute package from Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity.

Colmes famously teamed up with Sean Hannity in 1996 and became one of the hottest stars of Fox News Channel. Colmes, a longtime liberal, and Hannity, a stalwart conservative, sparred for years on their show "Hannity & Colmes" until it ended in 2009 when Hannity decided to continue solo. Colmes recently had a radio show on Fox News radio, but took a leave of absence last month to deal with an unknown illness.

Of his late co-star, Hannity said Colmes was "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."

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Alan was a dear friend. I miss him dearly. Please pray for my friend and his family!
Heartbroken my friend Alan Colmes has died. He lit up the FNC halls w/his kindness & humor. Incredibly positive force. Prayers 4 his family.
Just heard of death of Alan Colmes; the kind of liberal I loved-smart, witty, and fair; never backed up, but always backed up his views. RIP
Very sorry to hear about the death of Alan Colmes. Always enjoyed his political commentary, even when I often disag… https://t.co/XMPfmLlclo
Alan Colmes was always a gentleman...always kind...a wonderful colleague. https://t.co/VxQimzE3bZ
Alan Colmes was a dear friend and I will miss him and our talks.We spoke every Thanksgiving and Christmas...RIP my friend @FoxNews
Rest In Peace, Alan Colmes. Sending love to his family.
R.I.P Alan. I was just on his radio show a few weeks ago. From @seanhannity & @AlanColmes-he's been at @FoxNews s… https://t.co/Nm7SVSfB1i
Remembering @AlanColmes who passed away at 66, a funny, smart, passionate broadcaster who was beloved by all. Rest In Peace, Alan
So sad to hear of the death of Fox News colleague Alan Colmes. He and I agreed on little, but I liked him immensely. Good guy. R.I.P.
Heartbroken about our dear colleague Alan Colmes. The first person to welcome me to @FoxNews always a smile on his face. He'll be so missed.
So sad to hear the news about my friend Alan Colmes. He was a wonderful colleague, kind person and a great debater. He will be missed.
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