Böhmermann’s cult spokesman William Cohn (✝65) is dead

“I tend to say what I think”

According to the management’s statement to t-online, behind the seemingly odd celebrity with a pronounced devotion to Austrian charm and wit was “a highly empathetic, clever person. His motto in life was: ‘I tend to say what I think.'”

William Cohn 2016 im "Current gym"
William Cohn 2016 in “Aktuelle Sportstudio” (Source: Martin Hoffmann/imago-images-pictures)

His breakthrough came through language, presented in television programs. But Cohn was also active as an author. In 2017 his first work “Der Gute Ton von Cohn” was published. Less well-known to the general public, but according to management his “showpiece”: his role as the scheming arms dealer Kaspar in the hit musical “Ludwig²”. He gave voice and volume to this character in more than 600 shows.

Born in Colombia, William Cohn grew up in a family of musicians. The family moved to Vienna from South America, where he also “socialized”, as he put it. There he decided to pursue a career as an actor and singer. He studied singing and acting in Munich, Vienna, Los Angeles and St. Petersburg. Now he has left the stage that meant so much to him forever.