Michael Fuchs will sit in the Bundestag for the Christian Democrats until 2017 and is temporarily deputy leader of the parliamentary group. Now the entrepreneur has died at the age of 73. Companions mourn the politician.

The former deputy leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Michael Fuchs, is dead. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate. The spokeswoman was initially unable to provide any further details. He died at the age of 73.

Fuchs, who was born in Koblenz, sat in the Bundestag from 2002 to 2017 and has been deputy parliamentary group leader since November 2009. In his hometown of Koblenz, the pharmacist and entrepreneur sat on the city council from 1990 to 2006. According to the Bundestag, he held positions in several trade associations. From 1992 to 2001 he was President of the Federal Association of German Wholesale and Foreign Trade.

Numerous companions have already commented on the death of the politician on Twitter. The economic policy spokeswoman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Julia Klöckner, wrote on her profile: “Rest in peace, dear Michael Fuchs! Loyal friend and pugnacious companion – we will miss you very much!”. For Union faction leader Friedrich Merz, Fuchs was an “undeterred fighter for the social market economy”. “I’m losing a loyal friend and companion,” Merz continued.