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Winfried Freudenberg
Winfriedfreudenberg wallofrememberance.jpg
Born(1956-08-29)29 August 1956
Died8 March 1989(1989-03-08) (aged 32)
Cause of deathHome-made gas balloon crash whilst attempting to leave East Berlin
52°25′47″N 13°13′26″E / 52.4297°N 13.2239°E / 52.4297; 13.2239 (Empty balloon found in branches of a tree)
Body discoveredBackyard of a garden villa in Zehlendorf
52°26′22″N 13°13′54″E / 52.4394°N 13.2318°E / 52.4394; 13.2318 (Vicinity of Winfried Freudenberg crash site)
OccupationElectrical Engineer
Known forLast fatality in an attempt to defect from East Germany across the Berlin Wall

Winfried Freudenberg (29 August 1956 – 8 March 1989) was the last person to die in an attempt to escape from East Germany to West Berlin across the Berlin Wall as he fell from an improvised gas balloon at high altitude over West Berlin.[1][2][3][4]