Ludger Stratmann has passed away, the cabaret artist and doctor from Bottrop has passed away at the age of 73. Viewers knew him as the owner “Jupp Kwiatkowski”.

Essen / Cologne (dpa) – He was considered a Ruhr icon and made many viewers laugh for decades: Ruhrpott doctor and cabaret artist Ludger Stratmann died suddenly on Wednesday at the age of 73.

The doctor of medicine and actor from Bottrop was known far beyond North Rhine-Westphalia and had been on different stages since the mid-1990s. His son Philipp Stratmann from the “Stratmanns Theater” told the agency on Thursday German press reports that his father had died “suddenly and surprisingly” with his family in his house in Bottrop.

First, the “WAZ” reported the death on Wednesday evening, citing close family members. Westdeutscher Rundfunk director Tom Buhrow paid tribute to Stratmann, who worked for WDR for 15 years: beyond national borders. “The Cologne broadcaster was” very sad and dismayed by his sudden death “on Thursday.

As a doctor, Stratmann had practiced for many years at Bottrop, but then hung up his doctor’s gown some 20 years ago and devoted himself entirely to his acting career. In “Stratmanns – Jupps Kneipentheater im Pott” – a mix of talk, cabaret, comedy and staged scenes – he was seen on WDR until 2016. In around 150 episodes he served beer with illustrious guests as host “Jupp” in his restaurant in Essen.

Stratmann, who was born in Verl, had appeared on several stages and was also known as “Dr. Stratmann” became popular. He was happy to present his program with typical elements of the Ruhr area.

He had received several distinctions. In 2017, the then Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft (SPD), awarded him the National Order of Merit. In addition, the “Tegtmeier 2009” prize of the city of Herne was awarded to Ludger Stratmann. He was one of the most successful cabaret artists in Germany, and in the role of “Jupp Kwiatkowski” the general practitioner brought the Ruhr region to the stages of the republic, the municipality had justified its decision.

Stratmann was also socially engaged. In 2012, he auctioned paintings and prints under the slogan “With Art Against Cancer”, with the proceeds going to the Cancer Foundation.

After the death of the cabaret artist, WDR changes its late night TV program to “the Ruhr icon” this Friday and Saturday. Concrete advice should follow.