A man found dead Monday morning outside an Albany parking garage was identified as journalist and author Christopher Ringwald, and his death ruled a suicide, authorities said.
An investigation by police determined that Ringwald, 55, of Albany, intentionally jumped from the parking garage at St. Peter’s Hospital. His body was found around 9:45 a.m. by a hospital employee.
Ringwald had a long history in local media, dating back to 1989, with work as a writer for the Albany Times Union, editor at The Evangelist and author of two books.
Most recently, Ringwald began work only last week as a reporter for The Daily Gazette, covering Saratoga County.
Daily Gazette managing editor Judy Patrick spoke on Monday of Ringwald’s brief time at the paper.
“Chris had been with us just a few days,” Patrick said, “but it was clear from his first day on the job that he was a journalist who cared about going out into the community and finding issues that might otherwise be overlooked.”
Ringwald served for three years as editor of the weekly Catholic newspaper The Evangelist in Albany, as a visiting scholar in the Faith & Society Project at The Sage Colleges beginning in 1998 and as a journalist and author.
He served for a decade as a staff writer at the Times Union, starting in 1989.
TU City Desk Editor Robert Brill recalled Ringwald on Monday as a good colleague and a friend, who did groundbreaking reporting. And he was always a journalist who sought out the truth.
“He was an extremely thoughtful and caring fellow,” Brill said.
Ringwald also authored two books, “The Soul of Recovery: Uncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions” and “A Day Apart: How Jews, Christians and Muslims Find Faith, Freedom and Joy on the Sabbath.”
Azra Haqqie, who also works at the Times Union, was one of the subjects of “A Day Apart.” Haqqie said she not only got to know Ringwald, but his family, as well. Ringwald was married and had three children.
“He was the nicest father, strong of faith,” Haqqie said. “It’s just so sad.”
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