Thomas Oppermann died unexpectedly. The vice president of the Bundestag had a TV shoot before his death, then he collapsed and had to go to hospital.
According to information from the German news agency, Thomas Oppermann, Vice President of the Bundestag, died unexpectedly. RTL and NTV had previously reported and reported the death The 66-year-old SPD politician collapsed while working on TV with ZDF and was taken to hospital.
There were many expressions of political condolences over Oppermann’s death. SPD Chairman Norbert Walter-Borjahns was deeply appalled on Twitter: “A serious shock to all of us. We are deeply shocked and we mourn his family members.”
“Our country is losing an experienced politician”
SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil wrote that he appreciated Oppermann as a discussion partner and advisor. “His passion for politics was palpable to everyone. His death far too soon shocks me.” Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted, “Our country is losing an experienced politician, the Bundestag is losing an excellent Vice-President and the SPD is losing a passionate and combative comrade. We are all losing a friend – and we are sad.”
I really appreciated Thomas Oppermann. As a discussion partner. As a consultant. You could laugh with him. His passion for politics was palpable to everyone. His death shocks me too quickly. Dear Thomas, my thoughts are with you and your family. You will be missed!
– Lars Klingbeil 🇪🇺 (@larsklingbeil) October 26, 2020
According to ZDF, Oppermann was invited as a live interview guest on Sunday in the program “Berlin direct” on the topic “Bundestag and Corona”. It would be transferred from the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen to the program. While the first contribution was on the show, it suddenly collapsed. Oppermann was then transported to the teaching hospital in Göttingen. “The entire Berlin Direct team is shocked and deeply affected,” said Theo Koll, the head of ZDF Capital Studio.
Oppermann no longer wanted to participate in the federal elections
The news of the sudden death of my colleague and comrade Thomas Oppermann fills me with deep sadness. Thomas has rendered excellent services to our country and to social democracy with passion and understanding. My thoughts are with his family.
– Hubertus Heil (@hubertus_heil) October 26, 2020
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil has expressed all his condolences on Twitter. He wrote: “The news of the sudden death of my colleague and comrade Thomas Oppermann fills me with deep sadness. Thomas has done his work for our country and the social democracy with passion and understanding.”
The Lower Saxony Oppermann had announced at the end of August that he would no longer participate 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.
Oppermann has been Vice President of the German Bundestag since October 24, 2017. Before that he was chairman of the SPD group (2013 to 2017). 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.