Ted Koppel, Wife Mourn Death of Son Andrew

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There are few, if any, greater tragedies on earth than having to bury your own child.

For veteran journalist Ted Koppel and his wife, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, this sad situation is now a reality, as son Andrew drank himself to death earlier this week. Our sympathies go out to all that were close to him.

The couple has released a brief statement in response to the incident. It reads:

"Our son, Andrew, was a brilliant, caring man, whose loss we will mourn for the rest of our lives."

Ted and Grace have been married for 47 years and have three other children. Andrew was their only son.

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Mr.Koppel, our family's heart goes out to you and your family over the loss of Andrew. Our son Michael was lost to us in a hazing tragedy at Utah State University in November 2008. No one who has not lost a child under such tragic circumstances as alcolol poisoning can envision the pain and agony of losing your beloved child. Education to the perils of excessive drinking is an immediate answer - not to our own personal anquish, but to our hopes of influencing for the better those at risk in the future. Please know that we are with you in spirit, we grieve for you, and, like you, are obsessed with helping our son Michael's life and death make a difference. We will love Michael forever. How blessed we were to have him part of our life, as you undoubtedly were with Andrew. Peace.
George and Jane Starks

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This just breaks my heart. My prayers are with them

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I too lost a son unexpectedly at age 24. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. May your love of Andrew and your other children sustain you thru this time of sadness. Another mother who had lost a child told me, "it never gets better, it just gets different" and I have found that true. Always keep Andrew's memory alive and keep talking about him!

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To: The Koppel Family,
Not a day will go by that you will never forget your (son). He is now with the *Angel's*. Now what he would want is for you to go on with your live's and *MAKE SURE TO SEE HIS CHILD REGULARLY* May God be with you all, A mom and grandma.

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My deepest sympathy to you. My heart is aching for you. I, too, have lost a son, age fifty seven,but still " my child".Not a day goes by, that I still don't relive that dreadful,heart wrenching call. The only thing that fills that void is through the love of God, family and dear friends. May God ease your sorrow.

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Well said Bert!
Thanks...if you ask a question..you may get the answer and you did Butt!

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Sorry Butt....I wasn't trying to sound condescending...I was not talking down to you..just stating some facts like Dana did about the same time I posted and hadn't read his. It is sad,but no excuse if he did already have a drinking problem. Just happy that I have two beautiful,healthy grandchildren that may not have been. Have a nice day!

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RANDYJACKSONBUTT: You're an insensitive A-hole. YOU asked the question, and people gave heart-felt replies to you. Why did you ask if you were only going to reply like a F'in jerk???

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Having lost a son unexpectedly as a result of a heart attack I empathize with the parents of this young man. As someone has said, there is nothing worse than losing a child since we all expect to predecease them. In a situation such as this the fame, material things, or fortune are no consolation and only those of us who have experienced such a loss can truly understand. My heartfelt sympathy!

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Okay, thanks Dana and Camry for the advice. I will hurry out to my local library and educate myself right away before I drink myself to death. Camry - I'm sorry to hear that your son in law almost died of alcohol poisoning I am also sorry for wasting my time reading your overly condescending paragraph about your dopey family. Have a nice day!

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