German musicians who died due to Cancer

Here are 16 famous musicians from Germany died in Cancer:

Douglas Killmer

Douglas Killmer (July 18, 1947 Chicago-August 29, 2005 Willits) was a German musician.

Genres: Blues, Blues rock and Rock and roll.

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Erich Honecker

Erich Honecker (August 25, 1912 Neunkirchen-May 29, 1994 Santiago) a.k.a. Honecker, Erich was a German politician. He had two children, Erika Honecker and Sonja Honecker.

Erich Honecker was a high-ranking member of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) and later the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED). He was the General Secretary of the SED from 1971 until he was forced to resign in 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Honecker played a key role in the creation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which was established in 1949 in the Soviet-occupied zone of Germany. He served as the country's head of state from 1976 until its collapse in 1990.

During his time in power, Honecker oversaw a repressive regime that suppressed political dissent and attempted to maintain strict control over every aspect of life in the GDR. Despite this, he remained popular with many East Germans, who appreciated the GDR's social welfare programs and relative economic stability.

In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Honecker lived in exile in the Soviet Union, Chile, and Cuba. He died in Chile in 1994, shortly before a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of high treason and crimes against humanity.

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Erich Kunzel

Erich Kunzel (March 21, 1935 New York City-September 1, 2009 Swan's Island) also known as Kunzel, Erich was a German conductor.

His albums: The Ultimate Movie Music Collection, Scary Music, Puttin' on the Ritz: Great Hollywood Musicals, Symphonic Star Trek, The Very Best of Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops: Top 20, Down on the Farm, The Big Picture, Music of the Beatles (feat. King's Singers), Fantastic Journey and Star Tracks. Genres: Classical music.

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Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai (May 3, 1924 Würzburg-September 22, 2000 Israel) also known as עמיחי, יהודה was a German writer and poet.

He was one of the most prominent Israeli poets of the 20th century, known for his themes of love, relationships, and politics. Amichai served in World War II as a member of the British Army's Jewish Brigade, and later fought in the Israeli War of Independence. His experiences during these conflicts heavily influenced his poetry, which often dealt with the complexities and contradictions of Israeli society. Amichai published over 20 volumes of poetry in Hebrew and was translated into numerous languages. He received many awards for his contributions to literature, including the Israel Prize for Poetry in 1982. In addition to poetry, Amichai also wrote novels, plays, and essays. Today, his works are considered essential reading for anyone interested in Israeli literature or modern poetry.

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Michael Karoli

Michael Karoli (April 29, 1948 Straubing-November 17, 2001 Essen) otherwise known as Karoli, Michael was a German , .

musician and guitarist. He is best known for being a founding member of the influential krautrock band Can, where he played guitar and other instruments from 1968 until the band's disbandment in 1979. Karoli was known for his innovative and experimental approach to playing the guitar, incorporating various effects and techniques to create a unique sound. In addition to his work with Can, he also collaborated with other musicians and released solo albums, including "Deluge" and "Ballerman". After Can's breakup, Karoli continued to make music and perform, including a reunion tour with the band in 1986. He passed away in 2001 at the age of 53 due to cancer. Michael Karoli's contributions to the music industry continue to be recognized and celebrated by fans and artists alike.

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Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch (July 27, 1940 Solingen-June 30, 2009 Wuppertal) also known as Josephine Bausch, Philippine Bausch, Philippina "Pina" Bausch or Philippina Bausch was a German choreographer, dancer, theatre director, actor, film director and screenwriter. She had one child, Salomon Bausch.

Her albums: Vollmond: Vollmond Music From the Dance Theatre of Pina Bausch.

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Mathias Wieman

Mathias Wieman (June 23, 1902 Osnabrück-December 3, 1969 Zürich) also known as Mathias Wiemann, M. Wieman, Carl Heinrich Franz Mathias Wieman or Wiemann was a German actor.

Wieman began his acting career in theater in the 1920s and went on to become a well-known film actor in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. He appeared in several propaganda films during World War II, including "Kolberg" and "Ich klage an". After the war, he continued to act in films and on stage, including a prominent role in the 1957 film "The Devil Strikes at Night". Wieman was also a director and a teacher at the Otto Falckenberg School of Performing Arts in Munich. He moved to Switzerland in the 1950s and acted in several Swiss productions. Wieman was married twice and had two children. He died in Zurich at the age of 67.

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 Hamburg-April 3, 1897 Vienna) a.k.a. Brahams, J. Brahms, Brahms, Brahms Johannes, Johannes Brahms, Brahms, Johannes (1833 - 1897), 브람스, J Brahm, Johanness Brāmss, 布拉姆斯, 约翰内斯·布拉姆斯, 约翰内斯·勃拉姆斯, 約翰內斯·布拉姆斯, 約翰尼斯·布拉姆斯 or Brahms, Johannes was a German composer and pianist.

Discography: Sonatas for Cello and Piano, opp. 38, 99 and 108, The Greatest Hits, Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsodies Op. 79 (piano: Rudolf Buchbinder), Sonata in F minor / Intermezzo No. 7 / Capriccio No. 2 / Hungarian Dances (feat piano: Evgeny Kissin), 10 Intermezzi for Piano / 4 Ballades, 16 Valses / Piano Concerto No. 1, 21 Hungarian Dances (feat. violin: Aaron Rosand), 10 Intermezzi for Piano, Ballades, op. 10 / Rhapsodies, op. 79 and 50 Classical Highlights (disc 1). His related genres: Classical music.

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Theo Lingen

Theo Lingen (June 10, 1903 Hanover-November 10, 1978 Vienna) also known as Lingen, Theo or Franz Theodor Schmitz was a German actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He had one child, Ursula Lingen.

His most important albums: Der Theodor im Fussballtor.

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Helen Vita

Helen Vita (August 7, 1928 Hohenschwangau-February 16, 2001 Berlin) otherwise known as Helene Elisabeth Reichel, Helene Vita, Helen Vita Elizabeth Reichel or Helen Vita Elizabeth Reichel Baumgartner was a German actor, singer and comedian.

Her most recognized albums: Die frechsten Chansons aus dem alten Frankreich, Freche Chansons aus dem alten Frankreich, Die Besten der Frechen, Frechsten und Allerfrechsten, Noch frechere Chansons aus dem alten Frankreich and Dolce Helen Vita, Folge 1.

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Viktor de Kowa

Viktor de Kowa (March 8, 1904 Przesieczany-April 8, 1973 Berlin) also known as Viktor Paul Karl Kowarzik, Victor de Kowa, Victor Paul Karl Kowalczyk or Victor Paul Karl Kowarzik was a German actor, film director, singer, narrator, poet and writer.

Born in present-day Slovakia, Viktor de Kowa began his career in the arts as a singer before branching out into acting and directing. He worked in theater and film, appearing in over 80 films throughout his career, including the 1944 film "Die Feuerzangenbowle," which has become a classic in German cinema. In addition to his work on stage and screen, de Kowa was also a prolific writer, publishing several volumes of poetry and prose. He was known for his smooth voice, which he often used for narration on documentaries and soundtracks. Despite his success in the arts, de Kowa remained humble, and was respected and beloved by his colleagues and fans alike. He died in 1973 at the age of 69 in Berlin, leaving behind a legacy as one of Germany's most versatile and talented performers.

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Erik Tuxen

Erik Tuxen (July 4, 1902 Mannheim-August 28, 1957 Denmark) also known as Erik Oluf Tuxen, Eric Olaf To~ukusen or Eric To~ukusen was a German conductor, composer and music arranger.

He spent most of his career in Denmark and became a well-known figure in the country's music scene. Tuxen was particularly noted for his work in the field of light music, and he wrote many popular songs and arrangements for orchestras and bands.

Tuxen began his musical career as a violinist, and he studied at the Berlin Academy of Music in the 1920s. He went on to work as a conductor for various vaudeville and cabaret shows in Berlin, and he also composed music for films.

In 1933, Tuxen moved to Denmark, which was to be his home for the rest of his life. He quickly became a prominent figure in the Danish music world, and he worked as a conductor for a number of orchestras and ensembles over the years.

Tuxen also worked extensively in radio, and he was a well-known broadcaster and producer for the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was instrumental in bringing classical music to a wider audience through his radio programs, and he also helped to popularize the work of Danish composers.

In addition to his work in music, Tuxen was also an active member of the Danish resistance during World War II. He used his position in the music industry to help smuggle Jewish musicians out of the country, and he played a key role in keeping the arts alive under Nazi occupation.

Tuxen's contributions to Danish music were recognized in his lifetime, and he received many awards and honors for his work. Today, he is remembered as one of the most important figures in the history of Danish popular music.

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Brigitte Horney

Brigitte Horney (March 29, 1911 Berlin-July 27, 1988 Hamburg) a.k.a. Biggy or Brigitte HorneyLMF was a German actor and voice actor.

She made her debut on stage in 1929, and went on to become a leading actress in German theater and film in the 1930s and 1940s. Horney was known for her versatility as an actress, and played a range of characters from femme fatales to mothers and grandmothers.

She appeared in more than 50 films throughout her career, including the classic German films "Stürme der Leidenschaft" and "Münchhausen". Horney also worked as a voice actor, lending her voice to the German dubs of Hollywood films such as "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz".

During World War II, Horney served as an interpreter for the German army, and was briefly imprisoned by the French after the war. She continued to act in both stage and screen productions after the war, and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 1972 for her contributions to German culture.

Horney was married twice, and had one daughter. She passed away in Hamburg in 1988 at the age of 77.

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Rosel Zech

Rosel Zech (July 7, 1940 Berlin-August 31, 2011 Berlin) also known as Rosalie Helga Lina Zech or Roselie Helga Lina Zech was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the 1960s and became well-known for her portrayal of Irmgard Bock in the 1981 film "Veronika Voss," directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Zech appeared in several other Fassbinder films, including "Berlin Alexanderplatz" and "Lola." She also worked with other notable directors such as Volker Schlöndorff and Werner Herzog. Zech was praised for her emotional intensity and ability to transform into her characters, and she won several awards for her performances throughout her career. In addition to her work in film, Zech also appeared in theater productions in Germany and Austria. She died in 2011 at the age of 71.

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Carl Orff

Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 Munich-March 29, 1982 Munich) a.k.a. Orff, Carl was a German music pedagogue and composer. He had one child, Godela.

Discography: Carmina Burana, Carl Orff: Carmina Burana / Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Carmina Burana, Carmina Burana (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Seiji Ozawa), Classica D'Oro, Volume 1 (disc 41: Carmina Burana Nr. 1 aus Trionfi) (Salzburger Mozarteum Chor & Orchester feat: conductor: Kurt Prestel, sopran: Gerda Hartmann, tenor: Richard Brünner, bariton: Rudolf Knoll), Carmina Burana (Munich Radio Orchestra feat. conductor: Kurt Eichhorn), Carmina Burana, Carmina Burana (Sinf. Eslovaca feat. conductor: Anton Nanut), Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae / Weltliche Gesänge (Chor und Orchester des Musikgymnasiums Graz feat. conductor: Robert Fischer) and Carmina Burana (Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Wolfgang Sawallisch). Genres he performed: Opera and 20th-century classical music.

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Gottfried John

Gottfried John (August 29, 1942 Berlin-September 1, 2014 Utting) a.k.a. John, Gottfried was a German actor and voice actor.

He rose to international prominence through his critically acclaimed performance as the ruthless villain, General Ourumov, in the 1995 James Bond film "GoldenEye." John got his start in acting in the 1960s, performing in various theater productions before transitioning to film and television work. He went on to have a successful career, appearing in over 100 films and television shows, including "Berlin Alexanderplatz," "The Tin Drum," and "The Ogre." Alongside his acting career, John was also a prolific voice actor, lending his voice to numerous German-language audiobooks and dubbing foreign films and TV shows into German. He received several awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Order of Merit of Berlin and the National Prize of East Germany.

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