Bundestag Vice President Thomas Oppermann Collapses During TV Broadcast, Dies Later in Hospital

Bundestag Vice President Thomas Oppermann Thomas Oppermann, vice-president of the Bundestag collapsed while filming at public broadcaster ZDF and expired after being taken to a hospital.

Bundestag Vice President Thomas Oppermann Thomas Oppermann, vice-president of the Bundestag collapsed while filming at public broadcaster ZDF and expired after being taken to a hospital. 

Opperman was 66 years old when he passed away.

It is still unknown how Opperman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) died and no further details about his condition were released. 

Opperman had held the post of Bundestag vice president since 2017 and has been a lawmaker since 1980.

Oppermann announced last August that he would withdraw from active politics and would not run again in the federal elections to be held in 2021.

“After 30 years as a delegate in the Lower Saxony state parliament and in the German Bundestag it’s now the right time for me to do something different again and take on new projects,” said Opperman

SPD announced on their Twitter that they are mourning the loss of their former parliamentary party leader.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also expressed her grief on the passing of Opperman. 

“I have valued him for many years as a dependable and fair partner in the grand coalition,” she said in a statement. “As vice president of the German Bundestag, he did an outstanding service to our parliament in turbulent times,” reacted Merkel. 


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