Prince Otto of Hesse Bio – Wiki
Prince Otto of Hesse of Germany was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, according to Bild. Otto was driving his Ducati Multistrada on the A96 motorway near Lindau, on his way to Ticino in Switzerland on May 17. The reason for the crash was not immediately clear.
A police spokesman told TZ that the accident may have been caused by excessive speed. The police report said, “For reasons not yet known, the rider lost control of his vehicle, started to swerve and crashed into the guard rail.”
He was 55 years old.
Prince Otto of Hesse Dies In Motorcycle Crash
A German prince has died in a Ducati motorbike accident after smashing into a barrier on a Bavarian autobahn.
Prince Otto of Hesse died in the early hours of Sunday after swerving on his €20,000 motorbike and crashing into the guard rail near Lake Constance.
The 55-year-old – a businessman who owned several McDonald’s franchises in southern Germany – died at the scene, according to Bild,
Otto was descended from a German royal dynasty with connections to the rulers of Prussia and was thought to be distantly linked to the British royal family.
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The cause of the accident is not yet clear, but the motorbike is thought to have started swerving after overtaking another vehicle at high speed.
‘For reasons not yet known, the rider lost control of his vehicle, started to swerve and crashed into the guard rail,’ a police report says.
There is no indication that the prince was blinded by the sun or affected by the weather on what was a dry Sunday morning.
A police spokesman told regional publication TZ that the accident could have been caused by excessive speed.
Wife & Children
Otto married Clara Blickhauser in September 1998, but the couple divorced after 19 years together in 2017. He is survived by the couple’s four children: Max, Leopold, Moritz, and Elena.
On April 12, Otto posted a photo on his Facebook page of himself and his motorcycle. The Ducati aficionado also featured a picture of the bike as his banner photo. He encouraged one of his friends in a comment to also get a bike. He wrote, “Come to my age and get a Harley. You still have time.”
In addition to his love for motorcycles, the German prince was a fan of practicing martial arts and spending time outdoors with his kids. On his 55th birthday, Otto visited one of his McDonald’s restaurants. His employees described him on Facebook as “the best boss in the world” and a “terrific person” who “always had a sympathetic ear for everyone. The hole he leaves behind is enormous, but we will do everything in our power to keep the restaurants running in his name.”
Amid coronavirus, Bild reported that Prince Otto participated in charitable efforts to help those less fortunate. While in Munich, he helped distribute food to the needy as part of a Caritas event organized by a German TV chef, Alfons Schuhbeck.