Udo Walz is dead, a close friend of the star hairdresser’s confirmed to SPIEGEL. He died at the age of 76. First the “Bild” newspaper had announced the death of the hairdresser, who did the hair of Angela Merkel and numerous celebrities during his lifetime.
Walz ‘husband Carsten Thamm-Walz, with whom the hairdresser had been in a relationship since 1994, confirmed the death of his partner to the “Bild” newspaper. He said that Walz suffered a diabetes shock two weeks ago and finally fell into a coma. On Friday lunchtime he “fell asleep peacefully,” the “Bild” quotes his husband.
Walz had been suffering from severe diabetes for many years.
At the end of September it became known that Walz was in a wheelchair. At that time, however, the hairdresser declined and pointed out a faulty pedicure. “Do not worry! It’s all right. I just had a little surgery on my foot, ”he said.
Marlene Dietrich and Angela Merkel as customers
Walz ran salons in Berlin, Potsdam and Palma de Mallorca. He had been in his job for more than 60 years. Walz began his career in Switzerland, where he worked on celebrities in St. Moritz after completing his apprenticeship in Stuttgart. It was there that he first came into contact with Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich, who became his customer.
Later other film stars like Romy Schneider or Demi Moore were among his customers. Walz also coaxed politicians – Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) as well as his successor, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).
Walz also starred in television formats and documentary soaps, advertised a diet product, hosted a talk show and published books. Walz had been living in a civil partnership with his partner since 2008.
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