Jörn Kubicki, the partner of Berlin former mayor Klaus Wowereit has died. Wowereit's lawyer, Christian Schertz, confirmed this. "No further explanations will be given and we ask that Mr. Wowereit's privacy be respected."
First had Picture on Sunday reports of Kubicki's death. He is suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This lung disease leads to severe breathing difficulties and lack of oxygen.
The neurologist Kubicki (born 1965) and Wowereit were loud Picture on Sunday a couple for almost 30 years. Wowereit was governing mayor of Berlin from 2001 to 2014 and one of the deputy federal presidents of the SPD from 2009 to 2013.
Wowereit had publicly said in his nomination as a top SPD candidate in Berlin in 2001 "I'm gay and that's a good thing". The sentence earned him a lot of respect and has been repeatedly cited in connection with him. Ten years later, he said he hadn't considered whether that would harm or benefit him. He only recently inaugurated the Berlin SPD faction.
He preferred to go on the offensive himself, said the SPD politician – not all of the party friends were of the opinion that such openness on the subject of homosexuality was a good idea – especially during campaign times. The sentence was not pre-formulated, said the Social Democrat. "It came out of my stomach."
In the early elections in October 2001, the Berlin SPD became the strongest force again after many years, and Wowereit moved into the Red Town Hall. He stayed there longer than many initially trusted him. Wowereit and Kubicki were regularly seen together in public – even in the recent past. At the Berlinale 2019, for example, both came to the awarding of the bears in the Berlinale Palast. At Christopher Street Day in the same year, they took part in the parade in an open car – not for the first time.