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On February 23, family and friends announced that Fox News pundit and radio host Alan Colmes had passed away. He was 66 years old.

For thirteen years, liberal Alan Colmes sat across the desk from his conservative counterpart, Sean Hannity. Together, they were the faces of the Fox News debate style show, “Hannity and Colmes.”

In the years that followed the end of “Hannity and Colmes” in 2009, Colmes continued to make appearances on other Fox News shows — “The Greg Gutfeld Show” among them. He also hosted “The Alan Colmes Show” on the Fox Radio Network.

The cause of death is believed to be the recent illness he alluded to on a radio broadcast. Less than one month prior to his death, Colmes addressed recent absences from his show:

“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.”

Sadly, he was unable to return to his full schedule. His wife, Jocelyn Crowley, issued a statement following his passing:

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.

The news came as Fox News personalities were still mourning the death of Brenda Buttner, host of “Bulls and Bears,” who died of cancer just a few days earlier at age 55.

Many of his colleagues at Fox, despite their political differences, remembered Colmes fondly. Bill Hemmer announced the sad news during a segment of “American Newsroom”:

“We have, yet again, some sad news to report here at the Fox News Channel. Fox News contributor and frequent guest here in America’s Newsroom, Alan Colmes, has passed away.”

Others shared their memories of Colmes via social media:

His former “sparring” partner, Sean Hannity, also shared his thoughts. Fox News reported:

In a statement this morning, Hannity called Alan Colmes “one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet.”

“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,” said Hannity.

Despite their political differences, Hannity said the two “forged a deep friendship” over the years.

“Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen,” he said.

Condolences to the friends and family of Alan Colmes. His animated debate of the day's issues will be missed.