Twitter is seeing a significant outpouring of grief today over the death of veteran broadcaster and Fox News commentator Alan Colmes.
Fox announced the news on Thursday morning, which comes a month after Colmes said he was taking a break from the network due to health reasons. The network said that Colmes’s death came after a “brief illness,” and Fox gave tribute to his lifetime of accomplishments in a segment narrated by Colmes’s old conservative sparring partner, Sean Hannity.
News of Colmes’s passing immediately took off on Twitter, and there were expressions of sadness and loss from a wide variety of pundits and media figures:
Oh, no! That’s tragic. A really nice person who made a profound contribution to the national political dialogue. Condolences to his family. https://t.co/XwBhvmKQcY
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) February 23, 2017
Sad to learn about @AlanColmes passing. A very nice and decent person.
— andrew kaczynski ? (@KFILE) February 23, 2017
.@AlanColmes was a kind and often hilarious man. I enjoyed debating, but personally liked him even more. I will miss him. RIP.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) February 23, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Alan Colmes, who was always so kind and generous to me.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 23, 2017
Whoa. Alan Colmes died. We sparred a bunch, but decent guy. RIP.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 23, 2017
Goodbye to Alan Colmes, a generous and wonderful man who was the first to fight the good fight on FNC.
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) February 23, 2017
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.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 23, 2017
Very sad to report our friend and colleague @AlanColmes has passed away. Alan was one nice, happy bright light. RIP AC.
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) February 23, 2017
Way back in the day, I booked and produced guests at Fox News–I had honor to work for @AlanColmes, who was sharp, smart, and kind. RIP
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) February 23, 2017
Very saddened by the news of @AlanColmes‘ passing. We’ll miss your quick wit and kind heart, my friend.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) February 23, 2017
Remembering @AlanColmes who passed away at 66, a funny, smart, passionate broadcaster who was beloved by all. Rest In Peace, Alan
— Steve Doocy (@SteveDoocy) February 23, 2017
Heartbroken my friend Alan Colmes has died. He lit up the FNC halls w/his kindness & humor. Incredibly positive force. Prayers 4 his family.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 23, 2017
RIP @AlanColmes. Shock. While is disagreed with him on many things he was a good and decent man. Indeed, all that matters in the end.
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) February 23, 2017
Awful news. A very kind man. Fox says he passed away after a brief illness. https://t.co/EACLNZj37I
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 23, 2017
RIP @AlanColmes, a profoundly kind person.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 23, 2017
RIP – an unfailingly polite and thoughtful person: https://t.co/eDPysNUyWk
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 23, 2017
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