‘Shock’ after German parliament leader dies during broadcast recording
Monday, 26 October 2020
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The sudden and “untimely” death of a leading German politician during a recording of a broadcast television programme has left the country’s political sphere in shock.
Bundestag Vice-president Thomas Oppermann has died at 66 after he fell ill and collapsed while recording a segment with public broadcaster ZDF on Sunday evening.
After his collapse, the federal parliament’s vice-president was rushed to the hospital but did not survive, the broadcaster confirmed on Monday.
Politicians in Germany have reacted with sadness to the news of Oppermann’s passing, with Chancellor Angela Merkel lauding his “outstanding” record and saying she was “shocked and saddened by [his] untimely death.”
“I have valued him for many years as a dependable and fair partner in the grand coalition,” Merkel said in a statement issued on Twitter by the federal government’s spokesperson, referring to the federal ruling coalition between her centre-right CDU party and Oppermann’s social democrat SPD.