Thomas Doerflein, the zookeeper who raised Knut the polar bear, was found dead in his Berlin apartment on Monday. He was 44 years old.
According to the Boston Herald, Deerflies “was dead when authorities arrived at the apartment and that they had no information on the cause of death.”
Doerflein lived with his girlfriend and her young son, and had two grown children of his own.
After hand-rearing Knut, Doerflein was awarded a medal of merit for his service to Berlin. He had worked for the Berlin Zoo for more than 25 years.