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German pop singer disappears from cruise ship in the middle of the ocean

Daniel Küblböck feared dead after reports say he jumped from a cruise ship headed to New York.
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A gay reality show contestant is believed to have died after reportedly jumping from the deck of a cruise ship and into the ocean over the weekend. 

Daniel Küblböck, 33, became a celebrity after competing on Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of the singing competition show Pop Idol.

He got all the way to number three on the American Idol spinoff, and received a lot of attention afterward when he was fined and sentenced to do social work because of a traffic accident. 

Küblböck was reported missing from the Aida cruise ship which was headed to New York on Sunday. According to Queerty, witnesses say they saw the young man jump from a fifth-floor balcony. 

The Cruise line released the following statement:

"The cruise ship AIDAluna was on the sea route to Newfoundland when a person jumped overboard in the early hours of September 9 2018. The captain and crew of AIDAluna have immediately taken all necessary rescue measures, in close coordination with the local competent authorities. A cabin check was performed, which confirmed that a male guest was missing. The missing person is Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck. The ship was stopped as a precautionary measure and returned to the spot where the incident was accepted. The search continues. AIDA Cruises fully cooperates with the authorities and works hard to find the missing person. As soon as further information is available, we will make it available."

The coast guard has called off their search, "Because of the short survival time in the cold water, the hard decision had been made to stop the search," reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine

Music producer and judge on Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Deiter Bohen drew some controversy after he commented on Küblböck 's disappearance in an Instagram video wearing a hoodie which read "Be one with the ocean," he also made reference to Küblböck 's mood swings.

"He was on the one hand a very funny guy, what one has seen on TV, but when he was at my house, there was just that total gross opposite: He could be incredibly sad and very depressing," Bohen wrote. 

Queerty points out that the star admitted to suffering from mental illness in a letter, that has since been deleted, to his followers on social media. 

“Dear fans, unfortunately I am still mentally and physically not getting better,” it read. “I have yet to cope with this pain of the last few months.”

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