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Ted Koppel's Son Killed by Hard Drugs & Booze

6/18/2010 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0618_ted_koppler_BN_GettyTed Koppel's son died from an accidental overdose of booze, heroin and several other drugs, according to the New York City medical examiner.

The ME says Andrew Koppel suffered an acute intoxication from alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and a generic form of Valium.

The 40-year-old Koppel was found dead in a friend's apartment last month.  He'd reportedly been out drinking all day.



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Trish    

@FPIC You better go get help or you'll be in the same boat.

1498 days ago
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RickJames    

Cocaine's a helluva drug!

1498 days ago
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Hugh Jass    


a speedball and booze and diazepam.
not surprising after Belushi did pretty much the same thing.
such a waste, on all counts....

1498 days ago
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electriczipper    

what a loser,,the whole world in his hands and he wastes it...hell.. drink a beer..smoke a little pot and maintain yourself no big deal...and spend money like crazy,,what a dork

1498 days ago
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Darlene    

Iam sorry for Ted.

1498 days ago
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awards    

Condolences to the family.

1498 days ago
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Jay    

Don't get how PURPOSELY indgesting alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and Valium is an ACCIDENTAL overdose? Seems like no accident to me! What a sick loser. So sorry for his dad and family. So unnecessary.

1498 days ago
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LaToya Jackson    

It's a strange story..

1498 days ago
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Lewy    

He fought the Bottle, and the Bottle won.

1498 days ago
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REALbarbwire7    

A very tragic ending to his son's life. I don't care how old our children are, they are still our children. And such a needless thing to have happened. My heart goes out to his family.

1498 days ago
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dan the man    

@4 preach on... if you want to not be sober, drink alcohol and smoke weed, but all that other stuff will mess up your life

1498 days ago
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malcolm kyle    

We will always have adults who are too immature to responsibly deal with tobacco alcohol, heroin amphetamines, cocaine, various prescription drugs and even food. Our answer to them should always be: "Get a Nanny, and stop turning the government into one for the rest of us!"



Nobody wants to see an end to prohibition because they want to use drugs. They wish to see proper legalized regulation because they are witnessing, on a daily basis, the dangers and futility of prohibition. 'Legalized Regulation' won't be the complete answer to all our drug problems, but it'll greatly ameliorate the crime and violence on our streets, and only then can we provide effective education and treatment.



The whole nonsense of 'a disaster will happen if we end prohibition' sentiment sums up the delusional 'chicken little' stance of those who foolishly insist on continuing down this blind alley. As if a disaster isn’t already happening. As if prohibition has ever worked.



To support prohibition is such a strange mind-set. In fact, It's outrageous insanity! --Literally not one prohibitionist argument survives scrutiny. Not one!



The only people that believe prohibition is working are the ones making a living by enforcing laws in it's name, and those amassing huge fortunes on the black market profits. This situation is wholly unsustainable, and as history has shown us, conditions will continue to deteriorate until we finally, just like our forefathers, see sense and revert back to tried and tested methods of regulation. None of these substances, legal or illegal, are ever going to go away, but we CAN decide to implement policies that do far more good than harm.



During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?



In an underground drug market, criminals and terrorists, needing an incentive to risk their own lives and liberty, grossly inflate prices which are further driven higher to pay those who 'take a cut' like corrupt law enforcement officials who are paid many times their wages to look the other way. This forces many users to become dealers themselves in order to afford their own consumption. This whole vicious circle turns ad infinitum. You literally couldn't dream up a worse scenario even if your life depended on it. For the second time within a century, we've carelessly lost "love's labour," and, "with the hue of dungeons and the scowl of night," have wantonly created our own worst nightmare.



So should the safety and freedom of the rest of us be compromised because of the few who cannot control themselves?



Many of us no longer think it should!

1498 days ago
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toaddy    

Why do people continue to do drugs. We are a nation dependent on pills. Anyone who knows an addict understands this...believe me there are many of them. Read Pill Head for a better understanding. It's usually the pills that kill them...they take too many because of tolerance and wind up in severe respiratory depression. Opiates are infiltrating our young people too.. check out the opiate lovers website. Something has to be done. There are too many functioning addicts. You probably know one.

1498 days ago
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toaddy    

Why do people continue to do drugs. We are a nation dependent on pills. Anyone who knows an addict understands this...believe me there are many of them. Read Pill Head for a better understanding. It's usually the pills that kill them...they take too many because of tolerance and wind up in severe respiratory depression. Opiates are infiltrating our young people too.. check out the opiate lovers website. Something has to be done. There are too many functioning addicts. You probably know one.

1498 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TED!!!




LMAO!

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