After the death of RTL presenter Jan Hahn at the age of 47, who, according to the Cologne broadcaster, succumbed to a brief serious illness on Tuesday, friends and colleagues say goodbye to the presenter in moving words.

"We are all shocked and deeply saddened by Jan's sudden death," said RTL News CEO Stephan Schmitter.

"All of our thoughts and our deepest compassion go with his family and loved ones."

Born in Leipzig, he studied communication, media and theater studies after graduating from high school.

He has been in front of the camera since 2001.

In addition to moderating various game and live shows, from 2001 to 2016 he was a moderator at Sat1 “Breakfast TV”.

In 2017 he moved to RTL and has been part of the “Guten Morgen Deutschland” team ever since.

He was the father of three children.


"The RTL family is losing a very special person and dear colleague who has given us all a lot of wonderful TV moments," said Schmitter.

"Jan, we will never forget you!" The moderators Peter Kloeppel and Ulrike von der Groeben said goodbye to Hahn on Thursday evening on the news program "RTL Aktuell". 

“We were real friends!

No show friends "

Sat.1 also mourned its former presenter.

"Our hearts are heavy today: We mourn Jan Hahn," it said on the station's Twitter account.

“Our thoughts and deep compassion are with his family.

We will never forget you, dear Jan. "

The RTL presenter Sandra Kuhn posted a black and white photo on which Hahn can be seen.

"You were not just a colleague, you were also a friend," wrote Kuhn.

“We can't believe you're not there anymore.

We are infinitely sad and will keep you in our hearts forever. "


Moderator and journalist Michael Begasse writes on Instagram: “Dear Jan, four weeks ago you wrote to me: 'It's going to be fine, my best!'

I am very sad and will miss you! "

The presenter Mareile Höppner also says goodbye.

She tells how good friends the two were.

"Jan ... Jani ... No!

Not you. You were my start in Berlin, my friend, my first date in this world, we laughed at things and wept, watched our children grow.

I sit here and cry for you into my cell phone, it looks so ridiculous.

Hardly anyone in this media world knew that we were real.

Real friends!

No show friends. "

The singer Anna-Carina Woitschak, like many others, also shares a photo in which she can be seen with Jan.

Hahn had already recorded radio plays for Radio DDR at the age of twelve.

He later worked for various radio stations.

At MDR Sputnik he presented the morning show “Fat awakened - Jan Hahn's new morning”, and at Radio Energy 103.4 the morning show “The Jan Hahn Show”.