1996 – Rock ‘n’ roll singer Rio Reiser dies.
Rio Reiser (January 9, 1950 – August 20, 1996), was a German rock musician and singer of the famous rock group Ton Steine Scherben. He was born Ralph Christian Möbius in Berlin and died at the age of 46 in the little German town of Fresenhagen. Rio Reiser was politically active during his whole life. In the early 1970s he participated in the squatter scene, for which he wrote the famous Rauchhaussong. Later he supported the Die Grünen and later after the German reunification he joined the The Left Party.PDS.
Rio Reiser died on August 20, 1996 from a circulatory collapse after internal bleedings, probably as a result of a hepatitis C infection, at his home in Fresenhagen, where he was buried on his own property.