Kasia Lenhardt, the ex-girlfriend of Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, was found dead on Tuesday in her Berlin flat at the age of 25.
A mother of one, the young model had been dating the German defender for the past 15 months before the pair announced their separation on 2 February after allegations of blackmail and infidelity ended their relationship. The cause of her death is not yet known, although they do not point to third parties. According to Berlin police, all indications are that Kasia took her own life. “Yesterday a police operation took place in Berlin-Charlottenburg at around 8.30pm on suspicion of suicide. One person was found dead in the flat. There are no indications of any other person’s guilt,” read the statement, which sparked a wave of condolences on the internet. Online influencer Cathy Hummels, wife of Borussia Dortmund player and Boateng’s former teammate Mats Hummels, wrote on her Instagram profile. “The hatred was probably too much for her. No matter what really happened, you can’t make everything credible. Public opinion can be cruel. And the truth is often different. I am absolutely shocked and saddened. This is just heartbreaking. How desperate she must have been.” It was the German defender who first announced the couple’s break-up just days ago, after the model herself was involved in a car accident. In tests after her accident, Lenhardt was found to have alcohol in her bloodstream. Boateng himself accused his former partner of sabotaging his relationship with his ex-partner, Rebecca Silvera. The model didn’t remain silent in the face of these harsh accusations and responded that their relationship had come to an end after a series of lies on the part of the Bayern footballer and alleged ongoing infidelity. The model went on to accuse the defender of being “the devil”, and ended by warning: “I will talk, but I have to calm down. Please give me time.” For the moment, the German police do not consider her death to be suspicious, although the case remains open. Bayern Munich will face Mexican club Tigres UANL in Thursday’s Club World Cup final without their experienced central defender, coach Hansi Flick said on Wednesday. The 2014 World Cup winner will return home following the news of his former partner’s death. “This has stunned us,” Flick told a virtual news conference. “Jerome came to me and asked me to return home. After a negative [covid-19] test he will return home and not be available until further notice.” Boateng had started in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Al Ahly on Monday.