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.”