Gunter Schabowski


Age: 86

East German politician and senior official whose cryptic announcement that the Communist country was opening its fortified border precipitated the fall of the Berlin Wall after his halting words at the conclusion of a plodding evening news conference on November 9, 1989 put an end to Berlin's 28 years of division by the wall and set in motion events that led quickly to German reunification on October 3, 1990.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: January 4, 1929

Died: November 1, 2015

Berlin, Germany