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Germany goalkeeper Enke commits suicide

German international goalkeeper Robert Enke has been killed after he threw himself under a train at a level crossing, police said on Tuesday.

sports Updated: Nov 11, 2009 23:10 IST

German international goalkeeper Robert Enke has been killed after he threw himself under a train at a level crossing, police said on Tuesday.

"There has been fatality at a level crossing at Neustadt am Rubenberge," police spokeswoman Martina Stern told AFP.

"He threw himself under a train and died of his injuries. It was definitely suicide," she added.

Jorg Neblung, a close friend and advisor to the six-times capped goalkeeper, also confirmed it was suicide.

"I can confirm that it was suicide," he said.

"Robert took his own life shortly before six o'clock (1700GMT).

The 32-year-old Germany and Hannover 96 goalkeeper - who leaves a widow and a daughter of eight months who they adopted
in May three years after their two-year-old daughter died of a heart illness - had been suffering from an intestinal
infection.

He pulled out of the Germany squad two days ahead of their 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Azerbaijan in
early September.

However, recently he had professed himself delighted to have returned to training last month.

"It has been a long time, almost a quarter of the season. However, once I resumed training I felt really well," said
Enke, who played his last match for the club in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Hamburg.

His death left those closest to him both personally and professionally in total shock.