Last telephone conversation with Andrea Otto
“Light candles for me”
ARD presenter Andrea Otto suffered from a serious illness. She passed away on Friday at the age of 47. However, a last phone call with her colleagues reveals that she believed in her recovery until the end.
Published: 07/06/2022 at 10:56 am
Updated: 07/06/2022 at 11:45 am
The German TV world has been mourning Andrea Otto since Friday. The ARD and BR sports presenter died after a serious illness at the age of only 47 – this was confirmed by Bayerischer Rundfunk this Tuesday. A year and a half ago she had taken some time off to focus on her family and her health. Your team from the BR program “Abendschau” knew: Your TV colleague wished to return to the editorial office after recovery.
The sports journalist did not let the illness get her down until the end, the public broadcaster writes on its website. It also says: “In one of the last phone calls to Andrea Otto, she did not let her colleagues recognize the severity of her illness.” Otto didn’t give up hope until the end. “Rather, she made plans for the future, believed in recovery. In that call, she asked that candles be lit for her in the churches to remember her and to help in her recovery.”
“Andrea wasn’t just a colleague”
Andrea Otto has been with Bayerischer Rundfunk since 2000 and has developed into an outstanding sports journalist on radio and television. The TV presenter was primarily in front of the camera for the regional magazine “Abendschau – der Sueden”, but was also a frequent reporter and reported on numerous sporting events and world championships, including the 2018 World Cup.
Her employer also shares a great passion of the late presenter: “One of the things she will be remembered for here: her impressive dirndl collection, which a number of colleagues liked to access. Andrea Otto always had the right outfit for spontaneous visits to the Oktoberfest.» (sod)