Former Tide Football Player Christopher Sign Dead at 45
Current ABC 33/40 anchor and former Crimson Tide football player Christopher Sign was found dead by Hoover police early Saturday morning. Police are reportedly investigating the death as a suicide.
Sign played for four years in the 1990's at the University of Alabama as an offensive lineman under coach Gene Stallings, where he met his wife, Laura.
After reporting in Birmingham for ABC 33/40 for several years in the early 2000's, he moved to Phoenix to work for another ABC affiliate. It was there that he gained national recognition for breaking the story of a private jet meeting between former president Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in 2016, while his wife Hillary was under investigation by Lynch's department.
Sign moved back to Birmingham to work for ABC 33/40 again in 2017. He covered a variety of important stories throughout his journalism career, including the Brookwood mine disaster, various serial killers in Phoenix, and won an Emmy for his coverage of the shootings of two Phoenix police officers.
He leaves behind a wife and three sons, as well as many mournful colleagues all over the country.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website. Resource information is provided for free as well as a chat message service. To speak directly to a professional, call 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone and help is available. Every life is important.