It's time to bid adieu to the most well-known "Harzer" in the German-speaking television industry. He reportedly passed away in Hamburg at the age of 67, according the news.

Arno Dübel
Arno Dübel

The 67-year-old passed away at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf in his birthplace, according to the "Hamburger Morgenpost". He resided in a retirement home for numerous years prior to being hospitalized there around two weeks ago, and the report states that he passed just a few days afterwards.

Although the precise reason for his passing is unknown, it is known that he had been dealing with health issues for a number of years. In the 1980s, he was diagnosed with TB.

Dubel, a TV and social media celebrity, was seen as an undeniable media sensation. He has gained widespread recognition since the early 2000s as a result of numerous, legendary talk show performances.

Dübel began an apprenticeship as a painter at the age of 16, but terminated it after two years because he "didn't feel like it anymore," according to his own claims. He has survived ever since on welfare and unemployment compensation. He openly praised this way of life and strongly defended his entitlement to state assistance, which he also enjoyed announcing during different TV appearances.

He appeared on shows by Johannes B. Kerner (58), Arabella Kiesbauer (54), and Sandra Maischberger (56), among others. Later in his life, he met with various TV teams when visiting the Hartz IV recipient. On social media even today, phrases like "Anyone who works is stupid" and "I don't want to take anyone's job away" are still highly well-liked.

Dübel also tried his hand at singing in 2010 and recorded a number of party songs as a result of his unexpected popularity. But his top singles—"I'm nice" and "Der Klugere tipped over"—failed, and he split with the producer. 

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