Hamburg (dpa) - Family, friends and fans will say goodbye to Jan Fedder (“Großstadtrevier”) on Tuesday (January 14) in Hamburg's Michel. The popular actor who was found dead in his Hamburg apartment on December 30 would have turned 65 that day.
Numerous celebrities have announced themselves for the funeral service, including Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD), TV chef Tim Mälzer, actors Uschi Glas, Ben Becker, Michaela May and Axel Milberg, the moderators Judith Rakers, Jörg Pilawa and Hugo Egon Balder as well as the Singer Sasha, Klaus Meine and HP Baxxter announced the organizers.
Colleagues also say goodbye to the “big city district” - along with Truck Stop, whose title song “When the guard comes around the corner” has been accompanying the cult series since 1986. With Martin Semmelrogge, Martin May, Claude Oliver Rudolf and Heinz Hönig, the cast of “Das Boot” also shows their loyalty to the former companion and the colleagues of the NDR series “News from Büttenwarder”. The Elbe ships flag black at half mast and sound their ship's horns, taxi centers let black flags fly.
The Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) will broadcast the funeral service live from Hamburg's Michel from 1:45 p.m., also online, via app and on the radio. For the fans on site, the broadcaster sets up a large screen on the church square. Chief Pastor Alexander Röder will lead the service. ARD program director Volker Herres, outgoing NDR director Lutz Marmor and police chief Ralf Martin Meyer will then speak, as a spokeswoman for the St. Michaelis Church said.
A member of the “Großstadtrevier” production team should also speak out. For 28 years Fedder played the Hamburg police officer Dirk Matthies in the ARD series, who ensured law and order in the neighborhood.
Fedder, who grew up in St. Pauli, wanted a funeral service at Michel, Hamburg's landmark. Here he was baptized and confirmed and married his wife Marion in 2000. As Röder had already revealed, in addition to spiritual songs, songs by Michael Jackson and Deep Purple that Fedder wanted were also played. After the funeral service, police officers should carry the coffin to the hearse, which will then take a lap on the Reeperbahn.
The condolence book for the actor is still available in the Davidwache until January 14th. Fedder was found dead in his apartment in the St. Pauli district on December 30. He had cancer in 2012 and had been struggling with health problems for years.
The actor had made North German characters his trademark with a distinctive voice and accent. In addition to the “Großstadtrevier”, he also made his mark on the series “Neues aus Büttenwarder” as a farmer Brakelmann. He also shot four Siegfried Lenz films.