Andrew Koppel, the son of legendary newsman Ted Koppel, was found dead Monday morning after an all-day drinking binge.
Koppel and Russell Wimberly, a waiter he just met at NYC's Smith's Bar & Restaurant, started drinking together at 11 a.m. After a 12-hour-long binge, he was brought back to friend Belinda Caban's Washington Heights apartment, where he was found unconscious and not breathing.
Koppel "was just really messed up when he came in. He was very drunk," said Caban, a resident of the building. "I didn't understand anything [Koppel] said. We took him to the bedroom and laid him down to rest."
They came back a few hours later to check on him and discovered that he had urinated and defecated in the bed and was not breathing.
"His complexion wasn't right. It was pale. I said to call the police," continued Caban. "When the ambulance came, they said he was dead."
The two men were bar hopping all day and Koppel drank from a Jameson bottle while they walked.
"There was a lot of alcohol. He didn't take anything else [drugs] around me, and neither of us ate all day," said Wimberly. "We talked about our kids . . . He said he had a kid and loved [her] a lot."
Koppel, who was an attorney for the city Housing Authority, was only 40-years-old. He left behind a baby daughter.
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