Christopher Sign, 45, was found dead Saturday morning by Hoover Police at his Scout Terrace home, according to Al.com. The death is being investigated as suicide, Lt. Hoover Keith Czeskleba said, according to the outlet.
“Chris was a tremendous leader in our newsroom,” ABC 33/40 wrote in tribute Saturday.
“He worked on a daily basis with our reporters, but also behind the scenes with the I-Team and with the people in charge of the information on the coverage of major events. You were very likely to receive an email from him with a story idea in the middle of the night. He was passionate about journalism and showed it every day as he pushed himself and his colleagues to be the best. ”
Sign had three boys with his wife Laura, according to the local ABC affiliate.
“Our deepest sympathy is shared with Christopher’s loving family and close friends,” ABC 33/40 vice president and general manager said in a statement.
“We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will forever serve as a mark of journalistic decency, honesty and integrity,” he added. “We can only hope to carry on his legacy. May his memory be for the blessing.
The Dallas-area native returned to Alabama in 2017 to host the ABC evening news show, after working for a TV station in Phoenix. While there, Sign broke the big news from the 2016 presidential campaign that former President Clinton in June 2016 met Lynch at Sky Harbor Airport while the Attorney General investigated the use by the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a private mail server.
Sign, who played as an offensive lineman in Alabama in the 1990s, wrote a book about the encounter called “Secret on the Tarmac.”