Katrin Helwich dies: ZDF and Claus Kleber “deeply shaken” by the sudden death of the editor-in-chief

The ZDF laments a bereavement in its own ranks. As the broadcaster announced yesterday, Katrin Helwich, editor-in-chief of “Auslandsjournals”, suddenly died at the age of 45. Colleague Claus Kleber responded with an emotional statement.

There are moving words that Claus Kleber (66) tweeted on Wednesday: “We can’t believe what happened and are infinitely sad because a wonderful colleague, friend, instigator for better things is no longer with us.”


Kleber is referring to the journalist Katrin Helwich († 45), a long-time ZDF employee who has worked behind the television scenes as the editor-in-chief of “Auslandsjournals” since 2017. In an official statement, the station confirmed the death of the 45-year-old on Wednesday. Details of the circumstances were not given.

ZDF and Claus Kleber are shocked

“Her sudden death shook ZDF deeply. In Mainz, but also in all foreign studios, there is great mourning. Our condolences go to her family, her husband and her two children,” said Diana Zimmermann, spokeswoman for the ZDF foreign studios.

She also describes Helwich as a passionate journalist: “always radiant” and “full of energy”. She was obviously very popular with her colleagues, was considered humorous and was known for her “wonderful laugh”.

Finally, Kleber tweeted about Helwich: “In our vain business, Katrin never wanted to be a star, but one star has died out for us.”

Zimmermann also ends her obituary with emotional words: “And even if the viewers may not notice that she is no longer there, we want to let them know that ZDF is poorer in terms of a clever television maker and a special person. “

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