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Police in Alabama said this weekend they are investigating the death of the television news reporter who broke a story in 2016 about a secret tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a suicide.
Hoover Police Department Lt. Keith CzesklebaAL.com Christopher Sign, who played football at the University of Alabama and spent years as a new broadcasters for various stations across the country, was found dead at a residence Saturday morning.
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Sign's death is being investigated as a suicide, Czeskleba said.
"Our deepest sympathy is shared with Chris's loving family and close friends," said Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns the Birmingham-based station where Sign has worked since 2017, said in a statement. "We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. We can only hope to carry on Chris's legacy. May his memory be for blessing."
Sign first worked at ABC 33/40 from 2000 to 2005, AL.com noted, covering many major stories in the region before a stint at ABC affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix.
While in Phoenix, Sign broke the story about a tarmac meeting between Lynch and Clinton, which came as former President Barack Obama's Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton, then running for president, over the use of her private e-mail server for official government business.
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"When I broke this story, we knew that something had occurred here that was a bit unusual," Sign said of the meeting during an appearance on Fox News that year. "It was a planned meeting. It was not a coincidence. This details everything they don't want you to know and everything they think you forgot."
Lynch, during a subsequent interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, said she regretted the meeting and acknowledged criticism that stemmed from Sign's report.
"I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him, because it did give people concern. And as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally," Lynch. "And when you do something that gives people a reason to think differently, that's a problem. It was a problem for me. It was painful for me, and so I felt it was important to clarify it as quickly and as clearly and as cleanly as possible."
Sign authored a book about his experience covering the meeting between Clinton and Lynch titled "Secret on the Tarmac."
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