Germany keeper Robert Enke commits suicide

Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke has committed suicide, letting himself be hit by a passing train at a level crossing near his home.

Thirty two-year-old Enke, who also played for Hannover in the German Bundesliga, was almost certainly due to be part of the national team squad that was going to next summer’s World Cup in South Africa. Two train drivers said that they saw a man on the tracks and braked while travelling at 100mph but couldn’t stop in enough time to save him. His unlocked car was found nearby with his wallet on the seat.

Martin Kind, Hannover’s president, said that Enke had been ‘unstable’ recently. His two-year-old daughter Lara died in 2006 of a rare heart condition.

‘I can confirm that it was suicide,’ said Jorg Neblung, a friend and adviser of Enke’s. ‘Robert took his own life shortly before six o'clock. A press conference in Hanover on Wednesday will reveal more details.

‘We are all shocked,’ said former Germany striker Oliver Bierhoff, who is general manager of Hannover. ‘We are lost for words.’

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