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Out German Pop Star Missing from Cruise Ship, Reportedly Jumped

by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Sep 11, 2018

Out German pop star Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck, 33, has vanished from cruise ship AIDAuna, the BBC reports, and another passenger purporting to be a witness claims that Küblböck threw himself into the sea from a fifth-story balcony on the morning of Sept. 9. The ship was reportedly 125 nautical miles off Newfoundland at the time.

Küblböck appeared on "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" ("Germany Seeks the Superstar"), a German talent program similar to "American Idol," in 2003, the BBC recalled. The article also said that the search for the missing man continues, but that the cruise ship has now resumed its voyage. A statement from Canadian authorities referenced "the short survivability time" of a person in the frigid waters off Newfoundland.

Seatrade Cruise News ran the story two days earlier than the BBC. The Seatrade Cruise News article noted that Küblböck was "traveling privately" on the cruise ship.

After his stint on "Deutschland sucht den Superstar," Küblböck made appearances on other reality and talent programs such a "Big Brother" and "Let's Dance."

British newspaper The Sun reported that in the weeks before he allegedly leaped from the ship, Küblböck posted at Facebook about having survived "months of bullying" while still a schoolboy. "I have yet to cope with this pain," Küblböck wrote in the post.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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