The late ARD and BR presenter Andrea Otto († 47) did not tell anyone how sick she was

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Of: Jonas Erbas

Great sadness for Andrea Otto: The radio presenter and sports journalist died last Friday after a serious illness at the age of just 47. She worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk, including Bayern 3 and BR5 aktuell, for many years and was deployed all over the world.

Munich – The German and especially Bavarian media landscape is mourning the loss of a familiar face: Andrea Otto, who worked as a sports journalist for Bayerischer Rundfunk and ARD for many years, died at the age of only 47.

July 6 update: In the meantime, Bayerischer Rundfunk has officially confirmed the death of its long-time employee. She was confident until the end, according to the BR homepage: “In one of the last phone calls with Andrea Otto, she did not let her colleagues realize the severity of her illness. Rather, she made plans for the future, believed in a recovery. In that call, she asked that candles be lit for her in the churches to remember her and support her recovery.”

Andrea Otto died at the age of only 47 – mourning for the popular ARD and BR sports expert

The late ARD and BR presenter Andrea Otto († 47) did not tell anyone how sick she was
Andrea Otto worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk for many years, including for Bayern 3 and B5 aktuell – now the presenter and journalist has died at the age of just 47 © Plusphoto/Imago

Originally from Pfaffenhofen and raised in Rohrbach, the Munich native switched to journalism in the early 1990s. Before that, she completed an apprenticeship as a bookseller. After a few engagements for radio and various daily newspapers, she finally joined Bayerischer Rundfunk in 2000.

At the beginning of her career, she was often deployed there for Bayern 3 and B5, where she was valued for her expertise and versatility as a sports journalist – so much so that the presenter soon made the leap from radio to television: from 2007 she was in charge among other things by “Blickpunkt Sport” (from 2007) and “Abendschau – Der Sued” (from 2012). She was also active in winter sports (especially ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon) for ARD.

Andrea Otto reported on several Olympiads and the World Cup presenter succumbed to a serious illness

Andrea Otto interviews Franz Beckenbauer for Bayerischer Rundfunk
Andrea Otto always brought her expertise as a sports journalist to the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, interviewing big football stars like Franz Beckenbauer (here at the 2008 farewell game for FC Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn) © Schiffmann/Imago

Andrea Otto also traveled the world for public broadcasters, reporting on the Winter Olympics in Turin (2006), Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014), the Summer Olympics in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). and the Football World Cup in Russia (2018). Last Friday (July 1st) she succumbed to her illness after a serious illness and leaves behind a husband and a daughter, as first reported.

Before her death, Andrea Otto was not only active as a sports journalist, but also increasingly as a relaxation trainer and stress therapist. For viewers of public broadcasting, it is the second, heavy loss within a few days: actor and Böhmermann speaker William Cohn died on June 30 at the age of 65. Sources used:,,