Alan Colmes, a longtime commentator for Fox News, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 66. Colmes died in a hospital in Manhattan after a brief battle with lymphoma.

'Hannity & Colmes'

The New York City native rose to fame as one of the hosts on the popular Fox News show "Hannity & Colmes." The show aired for 13 years, from October of 1996 until January of 2009. Colmes was much more than a television co-host. He spent a large chunk of his career on the radio and also wrote a book titled “Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong.” Colmes started his life in the public eye as a stand-up comedian.

Living in New York City made it possible for him to spend a lot of time onstage practicing his craft at various open mic nights throughout the city.

After the news of his death broke, social media sites Twitter and Facebook filled up with condolences from all over the world. Fox News aired a touching tribute to Colmes yesterday morning, and several other hosts on various shows took the time out to remember Colmes.

Medical issues

It was just last month when Colmes announced that he would be taking some time off of work to deal with medical issues. No other information was given and it wasn’t until after his death was announced that the public learned he was battling cancer. On Thursday, Fox News released the following statement from Colmes’ family:

“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.”

Colmes married his wife Jocelyn Crowley back in 2003. Crowley has a PhD and is a professor of public policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is also a published author. The couple had been married for 13 years and have no children together.