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Alan Colmes: 5 Quick Facts You May Not Know About the Fox Commentator

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Fox News political commentator Alan Colmes died on Thursday morning at the age of 66 after a “brief illness,” according to the network.

In a statement, his wife Jocelyn Crowley, stated,

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.

Here are five facts you may not know about him.

1. Colmes was born in New York City on September 24, 1950. He was born to two Jewish Ukranian immigrants. Colmes later attended Hofstra University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1971.

2..Colmes actually began his career doing stand-up comedy. His radio career was developed in the U.S. Northeast and eventually lead to him working at stations in New York, New Haven, and Boston.

3. Although Colmes was a self described liberal, he received a great deal of criticism for being what many call a “token liberal” or “Fox News liberal.” However, he later referred to himself as “quite moderate” to USA Today and in an article in 2013 called himself “very liberal.”

In 2002, Alternet wrote an article titled “Meet a Token Liberal” in which the writer highlights that Colmes was often touted as the only liberal at Fox News, but was also “bland, incompetent, and not too bright.”

The article also criticized Colmes’ screen presence, especially next to Sean Hannity during his run on “Hannity & Colmes.”

“Colmes, who transmits as much screen-presence as a box of comic books, is often uninformed and unprepared in his questioning. Though he has five years of television experience, he has failed to develop as a TV commentator. He frequently stutters when asking questions, isn’t knowledgeable about political theory and resorts to quick jokes when he can’t think of a response. On occasion, he asks, to paraphrase, “Well you wouldn’t agree with me because you’re conservative, right?” This, compared to the polished and precise Hannity.”

4.  In 2009, during the beginning of Colmes’ last week on “Hannity & Colmes,” Colmes was a guest on “The Colbert Report.” He took part in a spoof of his Fox show called “Colbert & Colmes.” During the segment, he was forced to sit on a stool which made him seem shorter than his co-host and was given a list of pre-approved responses. By the end of the segment, Colmes was “fired” for pointing out shortcomings in Colbert’s logic.

Watch the clip here:

5. An official cause of death has not yet been announced and, oddly enough, his account was still tweeting just 19 minutes before a tweet announcing his death was posted.

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