I was saddened to hear the news this morning that an online friend and former editor of mine, Alan Colmes, died this morning after a brief illness.

Editor of Liberaland, host of the Alan Colmes show on Fox News Radio, former co-host of the “Hannity and Colmes” show on Fox, Alan had the fortitude to stand up to the myriad right wing trolls who used the comment section on his site to spread their hate and ignorance, even standing up to the “Breitbots” who did their level best (and failed) to encourage Alan to “fire” me from my slot as an unpaid contributor to his website. He stood up for me. I will always remember and honor that.

No word at the moment on what caused his death. He had mentioned recently that he would take some time off to deal with an illness.

RIP, Alan Colmes.