German politician Thomas Oppermann, 66, is dead.

The Social Democrat, who had a major career in German politics, suddenly crashed in the middle of a TV broadcast on Sunday.

He was taken to hospital.

On Monday, it was reported that Oppermann is dead.

Oppermann served as vice president of the German Bundestag.

He began his career in politics in 1980, in the state policy of Lower Saxony, before moving on to German national politics.

He announced in August that he would no longer seek a continuation in the German parliament in next year’s elections.

- After 30 years as a member of the Lower Saxony Parliament and the German Parliament, now is the right time for me to do something else and start new projects, he said at the time.

Hubertus Heil, a fellow party to the Social Democratic SPD and Oppermann, confirmed Oppermann's sudden death on Twitter.

- The news of the sudden death of my colleague and comrade Thomas Oppermann makes me sad.

Thomas, with his passion and intelligence, has done a great service to our country and to social democracy.

My thoughts are with his family, Heil wrote.