Andrew Koppel Had A Troubled Past, Drinking Binges A Common Theme…

- By Bossip Staff

More details have emerged pertaining to the death of Ted Koppel’s son, Andrew:

Andrew Koppel’s love of liquor led to a string of arrests and embarrassing headlines in his teens and early 20s. A wasted Koppel once slugged a senatorial aide. By age 21, the son of legendary newsman Ted Koppel had been busted twice for driving under the influence.

Yet, Koppel managed to turn his life around, graduating from Georgetown University’s Law School en route to a career as a lawyer dedicated to the city’s downtrodden. Andrew Koppel’s sudden demise stunned neighbors in Queens, where he briefly lived with his partner, photographer Ilona Lieberman, and their 2-year-old daughter, Alice.

Koppel was on another binge last Sunday, when he met Russel Wimberly, a 32-year-old waiter with a long rap sheet,, at Smith’s Bar & Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen about noon.

They drank all day and ended up at the dingy apartment of Wimberly’s friend Belinda Caban on 180th St. at Audubon Ave.

Because Koppel could barely hold himself up, he was led to Caban’s bed. He fell asleep quickly and snored loudly. Hours later, he was pale and silent. Cops don’t suspect foul play.

“I’m just a person trying to help somebody,” said Caban, 53. “He must have had problems.”



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  • LaDiva

    This is very sad.
    This was somebody’s loved one and regardless of how he lived his life, it’s still sad.

  • black hitler

    aww, poor lil’ jew boy drank himself to death…..great parenting ted …way to go!!!!

  • drenk

    if someones gonna pa.s.s. out, at least make sure theyre face down otherwise they can choke to death if they throw up while pa.s.s.ed out


    And can somebody explain the bun at the side of his head?

  • Lea

    Looks like a butt pirate in my opinion. Sounds like some serious dl stuff went down that night. dude with the ponytail looks like a homo thug.

  • LuvN_Life

    to bad SO Sad

  • Swaagy Lady

    drenk, u remember me? still think u can hang

  • drenk

    @Swaagy Lady

    No i dont! Any reason i should remember random people on a gossip site…?

  • I'm Just Me... Keeping it Real Since: 1983...EXPECTING


    Sorry you couldn’t fight your demons.

    Prayers for his family, especially little Alice.

  • Old School

    So sad. This guy had a family and was a blessing to people who otherwise could not afford legal representation. May he rest in peace, the demon of alcholism is gone.


    Who gave you permission to say anything? Shut the f*ck up!

  • Swaagy Lady

    Neva mind MR.Sarcastic…maybe i remember u because i have better things 2 do than b on a gossip site everyday…i jus eff wit this when im bored. Anyway, we did a day full of flirtin a while back…no biggie, carry-on sir!

  • aqueenwaits

    With all of the “unsuspecting drugs” out there, who’s to say that somebody didn’t put something in his drink? They better do an autopsy. This sounds ridiculouly suspicious to me.

  • Jenene

    It sounds like Koppel went cruising and found this character Wimberly.

    You can’t roll the dice like that in these times.

  • We "Blacks" Are The REAL Hebrew Israelites

    Gay pick up gone wrong, I bet. Just seems suspicious. Poor Ted. The death of a child isn’t something I’d wish on my worse enemy.

  • Man, I just don't care™

    Um… this was definitely some homo chit!

  • butterflyj30

    RIP poor guy!!

  • megafly

    He was gay and could not come out of the closet because of who his father is.

  • Moreaces

    RIP, God be with and bless his loved ones

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