Germany goalkeeper Enke dies in apparent suicide

BY foxsports • November 11, 2009

Robert Enke, the Hannover and Germany goalkeeper, killed himself by apparently intentionally getting hit by a train on Tuesday. He was 32.

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"It was suicide," Enke's agent Joerg Neblung said. "I don't want to talk about the possible reasons today."

Police said Enke died after being hit by a train at a level crossing northwest of Hannover, not far from his home. Enke's car was found near the scene, unlocked, with his wallet on the seat.

The two train drivers reported seeing a man on the tracks and applied the brakes while traveling at about 160 kph (100 mph) but could not stop in time, police reported.

After Hannover president Martin Kind confirmed Enke's death, the police released a statement saying he was fatally injured after being hit by a train.

"The first police indications are that it was a suicide," the statement said.

Kind said Enke had been "unstable" recently, but that it had not been publicly noticed.

"You expect many things, but not something like that," he said. "I do not know how and why it happened, but I do not think that it had anything to do with football."

Enke had been diagnosed with a bacterial stomach ailment and missed nine weeks before returning 11 days ago and playing two Bundesliga games.

He had not been selected for Germany's friendlies against Chile on Saturday and Ivory Coast next week. But coach Joachim Loew had said Enke remained the leading candidate to be Germany's goalkeeper at next year's World Cup in South Africa.

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