Motorcyclist killed en route to Sturgis was German actress, ex-wife of Jürgen Prochnow

Aftermath of a double fatal crash on U.S. Route 89 near Kanab, Utah, Aug. 2, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — German actress and producer Birgit Stein died earlier this month from a motorcycle crash in Kanab.

Stein, 47, and another woman from Los Angeles were killed from being struck by a white pickup truck Aug. 2, while on a trip with other riders heading to the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

Read more: Two riders killed during trip to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

St. George News first learned of Stein’s history after receiving multiple messages from readers in Germany. Stein was cast in films such as “House of Dead,” “Ohne Gnade!” and “Don’t Get Stuck.”

Photo of Jürgen Prochnow from 59th Berlin International Film Festival, Feb. 6, 2009 | Photo by Siebbi via Wikimedia Commons, St. George News

Stein was also married to German actor Jürgen Prochnow from 2004-2014. He’s known for his role as a submarine captain in the 1981 WWII film “Das Boot.”

He was also cast in Hollywood films, including the 1997 film “Air Force One,” as General Alexander Radek alongside actor Harrison Ford.

Stein appeared alongside Prochnow in “House of the Dead” in 2003 before they were married. In addition to acting, she was also a producer, director and screenplay writer.

Stein was born in 1971 in Germany and spent several years in Los Angeles. Her love of riding was evident by multiple pictures of her on motorcycles on her IMDB page.

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  • Walter August 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Never a good thing. So sad.

  • Mild Winters August 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    So very sad… If only they would have moved their motorcycles off the highway they’d still be alive today.

  • A August 18, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Title: Motorcyclist was wife of a Man.

  • Mike P August 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Lucky for the driver of the truck. Never a citation for killing motorcyclists. Unless you “purposely” plow into one. Just say “I didn’t see ’em” and your off scott free.

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