Fox News Political Commentator, Bob Beckel, Passes On

Bob Beckel

Bob Beckel, political commentator and former co-host of "The Five" on Fox News, has died. His death was announced by news host, Sean Hannity, who described his political partner as one who loved God and Jesus.

“What people might not know is that he and I got along great. He had a key to my house. He was always full of joy, happiness, light and sunshine. He loved God and Jesus. And we miss him already. God bless you and Godspeed, Bob Beckel,” Hannity said.

Beckel experienced many challenges including being agnostic before publicly converting to Christianity. He was also an alcoholic who made some decisions which cost him his marriage.

Beckel joined Alcoholics Anonymous — where he learned of his need for a higher power. He was inspired to become devoted to Christ after he read Josh McDowell's 1992 book "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" which was given to him by his friend and Christian commentator, Cal Thomas.

In his tribute to Beckel, Thomas said, “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. I will see you soon, Bob. You are loved.”

Beckel said in an interview, “My faith has not been a burning bush, but a gradual turn to the Lord. I have taken a leap of faith. I see the possibility of faith.

“God wanted me to be here. I think my responsibility is helping alcoholics. I have no doubt that luck would not have saved me.”

Having gotten some spiritual enlightenment, the media personality also dumped his stand on abortion.

“I read the Bible and it’s very difficult for me to see that God wants us to be pro-choice. I’ve been affiliated with pro-choice groups. Now, I’m on pro-life boards,” he said.

Before he held several positions in the media, Beckel served as United States' youngest deputy assistant secretary of State under then-President Jimmy Carter, from 1977 to 1980. Afterwards, he served as national campaign manager for former Vice President Walter Mondale’s presidential bid.

Beckel is survived by two children, daughter McKenzie and son Alec. He was aged 73.

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