Fox News Mourns Loss of Another Familiar Face

Alan Colmes is dead at 66
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2017 9:05 AM CST
In this image released by Comedy Central, Alan Colmes, left, appears with Stephen Colbert on 'The Colbert Report' in 2009.   (AP Photo/Comedy Central)

(Newser) – Fox News is mourning its second loss in one week: Alan Colmes has died at age 66, the network announced Thursday, per Mediaite. Colmes was generally known as the "liberal" on the network (as this headline at the Washington Examiner notes), once paired as a counterpoint to Sean Hannity on the long-running Hannity & Colmes show. He was "one of the nicest, kindest, and most generous people," Hannity said on Fox in a tribute. The news comes just days after the death of longtime Fox host Brenda Buttner.

In a statement, Colmes' widow says he died after a brief illness without elaborating, and she remembers him as a "great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral," notes Fox Insider. A familiar sentiment is quickly emerging, as in this tweet from conservative Ann Coulter: "Nooooooooooo! Very sad. He was a good guy. Always surprised people that way." And this one from fellow conservative Jonah Goldberg: "Whoa. Alan Colmes died. We sparred a bunch, but decent guy. RIP." (Read more Alan Colmes stories.)

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