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Andrew Koppel, Son of Ted Koppel, Dead After Drinking Binge

The son of former "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel has died after a day spent hopping from bar to bar in New York City, drinking with a man he had just met in one of those taverns. 40-year-old Andrew Koppel was found dead early Monday morning in a rundown apartment in Manhattan, where he went to recover after his drinking binge.

It all began Sunday afternoon, when Koppel met a man named Russell Wimberly. "He had a straw hat on, and I had one on, and he said, 'Nice hat, man,' " Wimberly told the New York Post. "We got to talking, and he started buying me drinks."

They eventually ended up at the apartment of Belinda Caban, who told the Post she is a drinking buddy of Wimberly's. She said Koppel "was just really messed up when he came in. He was very drunk. I didn't understand anything [Koppel] said."

After a couple of hours, Caban and Wimberly discovered Koppel had urinated and defecated in the bed and appeared not to be breathing. They called 911.

Then Koppel complained that he wasn't feeling very well, he was taken to a bedroom. "I told him to lay down and turn the light off. He was snoring really loud. I thought he was out," Wimberly said.

Wimberly said Koppel suggested moving from bar to bar, so they did. He said Koppel drank straight whiskey all day, and neither man had anything to eat.

"His complexion wasn't right. It was pale. I said to call the police," Caban said. "When the ambulance came, they said he was dead."

No one has been charged, and the medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death.

Koppel lived with his girlfriend and their baby daughter. He was a former attorney for the New York City Housing Authority.


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