German goalkeeper who committed suicide in 2009 following a multi-year battle with depression. During his playing career, he found his greatest success with Hannover 96, where was twice voted Bundesliga's best goalkeeper.
He grew up on a farm in Empede. He played in the youth system of Carl Zeiss Jena from 1986 to 1995 and began representing Germany at the Under-21 level in 1997.
He was a staunch animal rights activist and lent his face to PETA for its campaign against the fur industry.
His widow is former pentathlete Teresa Reim. His daughter Lara died due to complications from a heart birth defect in 2006. In 2009, he and his wife adopted a girl named Leila.
He and Justin Fashanu are both soccer players who tragically committed suicide.