Alan Colmes, the longtime liberal TV and radio host for
Colmes was best known as the left-leaning foil to conservative Sean Hannity on the prime-time Fox News show "Hannity & Colmes" when the cable news network launched in 1996. Hannity took over as a solo host in 2009, but Colmes remained with Fox News as a commentator and a syndicated radio host until his death.
Colmes had told listeners in January that he was dealing with a medical issue.
"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 television," Hannity said in a statement. "Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship. Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen."
Colmes was born in New York City and was a graduate of
While the show was designed as a vehicle for left vs. right political debate, Colmes clearly was the amiable second banana to Hannity, now the boldest conservative firebrand on Fox News. But Colmes was well-liked among his colleagues across the political spectrum.
"He and I agreed on little, but I liked him immensely," senior Fox News political analyst Brit Hume said in a tweet.
Colmes also was an author, whose books included "Thank the Liberals" and "Red, White & Liberal."
He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. His sister-in-law is the conservative political commentator Monica Crowley.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
8:45 a.m.: This article was updated throughout with Los Angeles Times staff reporting.