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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.