Rosenheim / Munich (dpa) - He was the face of one of the most popular German television series: Joseph Hannesschläger, the “Rosenheim cop”, is dead.
He lost the fight against cancer on Monday at the age of 57, as the PR agency Presse-Partner confirmed, citing Hannesschläger's wife on Monday. The "Bild" newspaper had previously reported on this. Hannesschläger died in Munich. The PR agency said that his wife had been with him.
Since 2002 he has been seen as Commissioner Korbinian Hofer in the ZDF cult series “The Rosenheim Cops”. It was only in autumn 2019 that he made his illness public and announced that he could no longer play in the winning streak. Most recently, according to the “Bild” newspaper, he had to cancel a theater role in January 2020.
Hannesschläger is survived by his wife Bettina, whom he married in 2018. He lived in his native city of Munich until the very end.
According to his website, Hannesschläger has appeared in more than 45 plays and around 40 cinema and television productions in the course of his career. He also appeared as a cabaret artist and also had his own band with “Discotrain”. But his most important role was that of the heavyweight commissioner Korbinian Hofer in the "Rosenheim Cops", in which he was seen for 17 years.