Jerome Boateng has been granted early leave from Bayern Munich’s Club World Cup preparations in Qatar following the tragic news about his former girlfriend’s death.
Kasia Lenhardt, 25, was found dead at a luxury apartment thought to belong to Boateng in Berlin’s upmarket Charlottenborg neighborhood on Tuesday night by police.
The couple had only split last week and Lenhardt killed herself on her son’s sixth birthday. Police say they are not treating her death as suspicious.
Her death was announced publicly on Wednesday morning and that afternoon it was confirmed that Boateng would be returning to Germany.
Bayern are due to play Mexican club Tigres UANL in Thursday’s Club World Cup final but Boateng asked to leave the group for obvious and understandable personal reasons.
Her death was confirmed by model friend Sara Kulka on Wednesday who paid tribute in a cryptic Instagram post that said: ‘I hope the truth comes out. I know how much you wished it would.’
Lenhardt had been dating 32-year-old Boateng for 15 months before their relationship imploded on February 2 amid a vicious fight that saw the couple use social media and the press to exchange blows.
Boateng had accused Lenhardt of sabotaging his relationship with ex-girlfriend Rebecca Silvera and his family before they started dating, and of blackmailing him into staying with her.
Meanwhile Lenhardt – who had the footballer’s name tattooed on her ribcage – branded her ex ‘the devil’ and vowed to ‘speak up’ and ‘fight back’ once she had recovered from the break-up.
Just hours before she was found dead, Lenhardt had posted to Instagram talking about a ‘new chapter’ in her life.
She was also mourned by model Lovelyn Enebechi, who had starred on TV show Germany’s Next Top Model where Kasia also rose to fame.
‘Rest in peace! You wonderful, great person, I miss you and I am incredibly sad,’ she wrote on Instagram.
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