Thomas Oppermann died completely unexpectedly. Just a few months ago, the SPD politician announced his withdrawal from parliament after the federal election. His life in pictures.

Thomas Oppermann, Vice President of the Bundestag, died completely unexpectedly. The 66-year-old collapsed on Sunday evening while working on TV with ZDF and was taken to hospital, the TV channel confirmed Monday morning. RTL and ntv had previously reported the death of the SPD politician.

Oppermann, who had grown up politically in Lower Saxony, announced in late August that he would not re-run in the upcoming federal elections. “After 30 years as a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament and the German Bundestag, now is the right time for me to do something different and undertake new projects,” he said at the time.

Oppermann moved to the Bundestag in 2005. From 2013 to 2017, the lawyer was chairman of the SPD group. He won his Göttingen constituency four times in a row. Recently, the 66-year-old campaigned for a downsizing of the Bundestag and a reform of the electoral law.

The Westphalian born had been in the Lower Saxony state parliament since 1990. In 1998, then Prime Minister Gerhard Schröder (SPD) brought him into his cabinet and appointed him Minister of Science. He stayed that way until the SPD was defeated in 2003.

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