German shipbroker Richard Heinrich-Mucke has died in what appears to be tragic circumstances.
The former sale-and-purchase broker has succumbed to injuries sustained from falling from a multi-storey car park, according to various German media reports.
Alarmed rescue workers tried but failed to resuscitate the 64-year-old, who fell from a height of 15m from the city centre building, Germany’s Bild reports.
It added that footage from surveillance cameras found no evidence of third parties involved in the incident that occurred on 8 June.
While Mucke has not been active in shipping in recent years, he is remembered as one of Hamburg’s most colourful shipbrokers.
Over the years, he acquired a reputation for throwing fantastic parties at his residences in Hamburg and on the island of Sylt.
His legendary after-parties at the traditional Eisbein dinner were reputed to have cost a small fortune and were invariably well attended.
Mucke founded his own shipbroking company — Allship — in 1983 and built a successful S&P operation, originally concentrating on the secondhand market for bulk carriers and multipurpose ships.
He later expanded its scope and expertise to include container ships, passenger vessels, ro-ro ships, as well as newbuilding contracts and demolition.
Allship struggled in the years after the financial crisis and Mucke closed its shipbroking operation in 2018, according to German sources.
That left him to focus on real estate deals.
In recent years, Mucke had been dealt a lawsuit filed by the public prosecutor and been embroiled in a high-profile property dispute, according to t-online and Handelsblatt.