German actor Heinrich Schmieder found dead

Cologne, Germany -- Actor Heinrich Schmieder one of Germany's most recognizable small screen stars, died this week. He was 40.

It is the second sudden death of a German star in as many months. In June, the 38-year-old Frank Giering, whose performances in Michael Haneke's original "Funny Games" and Sebastian Schipper's "Gigantics" marked him as one of his generation's leading lights, died of organ failure following a colic attack.

The cause of Schmieder's death is still unclear. His agent, Birgit Vogel, would only confirm that Schmieder had been found dead in a hotel bed in the Italian town of Livigno. The actor, an amateur sports enthusiast, had been taking part in the mountain biking race, Bike Transalp. A teammate found his body.

Schmieder had small supporting roles in feature films including the Oscar-nominated "Downfall" (2004) and Bavarian comedy "Brandner Kaspar" (2008) but it was in TV drama that he made his name.
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