|Wednesday, 24 April|| arm rus eng |
A former German professional footballer has committed suicide after a long battle with depression, Mirror reports.
Andreas Biermann, who started his career at Hertha Berlin, took his own life on Saturday morning after struggling against the illness over the last five years.
The 33-year-old last played for FSV Spandauer Kickers, based in Berlin, and the team confirmed his death early on Sunday morning.
In a short statement on the club's official website, they paid tribute to their player.
It read: "Our senior player Andreas Biermann had a depressive illness which he could not overcome, and he died yesterday morning.
"Our sympathy is with his family."
Biermann published a book called "Depression: Red Card" where he discussed his struggle.