Tragedy in Vienna – singer hurls himself from hospital windowmain
A laconic leader of Austropop, famed for such morose reflections as The Big Black Bird (listen here), Ludwig Hirsch has taken his own life at the age of 65. He was being treated at the Wilhelmina Hispital, reportedly for lung cancer, when he jumped from a window to his death.
‘Ludwig Hirsch was part of the Austrian soul,’ said Culture Minister Claudia Schmied. He was one of few living performers to see his face on a national postage stamp. His appeal crossed three generations. RIP.
Here’s an obituary, in the Irish Times, for an Austrian fellow-satirist, Georg Kreisler, who died in the same week.