Bob Beckel, the Democratic strategist and former co-host of The Five, died Monday. He was 73.
Cal Thomas, the syndicated columnist announced Beckel’s death in a Facebook posting.
My friend and spiritual brother, Bob Beckel, has passed into the presence of the Lord he loved. 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. 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.
Sean Hannity paid tribute to his “dear friend” Monday night, saying “he and I got along great” despite their politics, saying he “had a key to my house” and that Hannity’s own children would call him “Uncle Bob.”
“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.
Laura Ingraham called Beckel an “old-time liberal who you could fight with… but we always had a laugh afterward.”