On Sunday (September 8), German pop singer Daniel Küblböck went missing while on an Atlantic cruise with AIDA Cruises from Hamburg to New York. An eyewitness says that Küblböck leapt from a fifth-floor balcony of the ship into the water near the coast of Newfoundland early Sunday morning, causing the ship to stop and a full search for the artist to begin.

After the ship returned to where Küblböck went missing, the cruise liner handed the case over to Canadian authorities to conduct a full search. But on Tuesday (September 11), the BBC reported that the Canadian Armed Forces had  made the “difficult decision” to end the search for the singer’s body, citing the “short survivability time due to the temperature of the water at this time of year.”

The openly gay Küblböck rose to public prominence in Germany after placing third on the German spinoff of Britain’s Pop Idol. The singer reached modest levels of fame in Germany thanks to his time one the show, and went on to have a successful career in music and television, appearing German versions of Big Brother and Let’s Dance and releasing eight albums.

According to an article from British tabloid The Sun, Küblböck had reportedly opened up about his past struggles with mental health in a Facebook post for his official fanclub. "Dear fans, Unfortunately, I still do not feel better mentally and physically,” he wrote. “I have yet to cope with this pain of the past months."

AIDA Cruises line issued a number of statements via Twitter, asserting that the company would be cooperating fully with authorities, and offering "our thoughts with the family of the missing."


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