The entertainer Alfred Biolek is dead. He died on Friday morning, as his adoptive son Scott Biolek-Ritchie told the German press agency.

The former TV presenter and talk show host fell asleep peacefully in his Cologne apartment.

Biolek had been in poor health for a long time.

He was 87 years old.

Biolek is considered one of the pioneers of talk and cooking shows in Germany.

He was closely associated with the WDR.

With Rudi Carrell, for example, he developed the Saturday evening show “Amlauf Band”, the most successful show of the 1970s.

At the same time, he gained his first experience of moderation at the “Kölner Treff” and in 1978 got his own program, “Bio's Bahnhof”.

After that he was constantly present on German television for 30 years.

It was its own brand with three letters: Bio.

His era did not end until 2007 with the last episode of the cooking show “alfredissimo”, in which he stood at the stove with guests, chatted and tasted wine for many years.

"My time is over now," he said at the time.

In 2010, he suffered severe skull injuries when he fell off a spiral staircase and fell into a coma.

Since then he had lived quite withdrawn in Cologne.

On his eightieth birthday in 2014, the FAZ said about the work of Biolek: “Alfred Biolek sketched the main lines of today's television and noticed that something was wrong at some point. The conversation turned into the talk, the meeting at the stove turned into the kitchen fight. What was perfectly shaped at Biolek got out of hand. "