An Emmy award-winning reporter who previously revealed the infamous meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the then general attorney Loretta Lynch has been found dead in his apartment.
Christopher Sign, 45, was found after a report of “a person down” to the Hoover 911 at 8.13pm, Saturday night, 12 June.
Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba annouced his death is being investigated as a suicide.
“Our deepest sympathy is shared with Christopher’s loving family and close friends. We have lost a revered colleague who’s indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. We can only hope to carry on his legacy. May his memory be for blessing,” ABC 33/40 vice president and general manager Eric Land said in a letter tributed to Sign.
“Chris was a tremendous leader in our newsroom. He worked with our reporting staff on a daily basis, but also worked behind the scenes with the I-Team and with news managers on coverage of major events,” the letter read as staff remembers Sign’s work ethic.“He worked with our reporting staff on a daily basis, but also worked behind the scenes with the I-Team and with news managers on coverage of major events,” the obituary continued. “You were very likely to get an email from him with a story idea in the middle of the night. He was passionate about journalism and showed it each and every day as he pushed himself and his colleagues to be the best.”
Jamie Hale, one of Sign’s colleagues express her condolence on Twitter.
During the period at ABC Phoenix, Sign broke the news that former president Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch at Sky Habour Airport in June 2016. The meeting sparked questions about whether Clinton was lobbying Lynch on behalf of his wife.
Not long afterward the reporter wrote the book “Secret on the Tarmac.”
He also appeared on “Fox and Friends” saying that “it was a planned meeting. It was not a coincidence.”
He told the news outlet that his family received death threats.
The reporter, who grew up near Dallas, received an Emmy award for his covering of the shooting of the two Phoenix policemen.
He also won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigation of the “Baseline Killer” and “Serial Shooter” who terrorized Phoenix in the summer of 2016.
Sign served four years as an offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide under former coach Gene Stallings in the 1990s.