Germany's Keeper Dies in Train Suicide

Robert Enke, 32, stepped in front of speeding train
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2009 7:12 PM CST
Candles are lit in front of a photo of goalkeeper Robert Enke at a soccer stadium in Hanover, Germany, tonight.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – German soccer fans are stunned tonight over news that the man likely to be the national team’s goalkeeper at next summer’s World Cup committed suicide today by stepping in front of a train traveling 100 mph. Robert Enke, 32, had been “unstable” recently, the president of his club team said, though gave no further details.

“We are all shocked,” national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff said of the incident, which occurred near Hanover. “We are lost for words.” Enke lost his 2-year-old daughter in 2006 to a rare heart disease; he and his wife had recently adopted a baby girl.