'Piano Man' turns out to be a German

LONDON - The mystery surrounding an institutionalized drifter known as the "Piano Man" for his musical performances in a British hospital has been solved, with the German government saying the 20-year-old is from Bavaria, officials said Monday.

The man who loved to play the hospital chapel's piano was flown home Saturday, the German government said. His name was not disclosed. He was found soaking wet on a beach in southern England on April 7, the German Foreign Ministry said. The government declined to provide any other details about his life. A spokesman for the German Embassy in London said officials had provided the man with replacement travel documents. "It was someone who had lost his passport and needed to get back to Germany, and we helped him," the spokesman said. "Under German law on the protection of personal data, I cannot tell you anything more about this man." West Kent National Health Service and Social Care Trust, which has been caring for the man, said he had been discharged because his condition had improved. Spokesman Adrian Lowther would not comment further, citing patient confidentiality. The British tabloid Daily Mirror reported Monday that the tall, blond man — who remained steadfastly silent after he was found on the beach — had been released after identifying himself as a German who came to Britain when he lost his job in Paris. The Daily Mirror said the man previously worked with mental patients and mimicked some of their behavior to fool British doctors into believing he was mentally ill. "He claims he was found by police as he was trying to commit suicide," the Daily Mirror quoted its source as saying. "He was obviously in a distressed state and didn't talk to police. Then it just went on from there."

Agencias: Associated Press
Medio: HoustonChronicle.com
Fecha: Martes 23 de agosto de 2005
ID: 1951 Editar

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