Bob Beckel, a former Fox News host, died at age 73 this week, according to the network.
Fox News host Sean Hannity confirmed Beckel’s death on his program on Monday night. No cause of death was announced.
“He was always full of joy, happiness, light, sunshine. He loved God and Jesus and we miss him already. God bless you, God speed, Bob Beckel,” Hannity said.
Columnist Cal Thomas also confirmed his death in a Facebook post.
“We did so many things together and I hope we modeled what two people of different political persuasions can be like when they love one another. For ten years we wrote the ‘Common Ground’ column for USA Today and a book by that title,” he wrote. “The name of his ironically titled autobiography is ‘I Should Be Dead.’ It is a highly readable book about a difficult life that was dramatically changed in the last 15 years. I will see you soon Bob. You are loved.”
Beckel, a Democrat, previously worked in former President Jimmy Carter’s administration before he started a career in cable news. In the 1990s, he co-hosted the CNN “Crossfire Sunday” program before joining Fox News as a contributor in 2000.
Later, he joined Fox News’ “The Five” when it was created in 2011. He was fired in 2017 for allegedly making an inappropriate remark to an employee, according to reports at the time.
Beckel also made appearances on CBS News, ABC’s Nightline, and NBC Nightly News.
“What people might not know is he and I got along great,” Hannity said on Monday. “He had a key to my house, he was always full of joy, happiness, light, sunshine. He loved God and Jesus and we miss him already.”