Read the sad news last night: Thomas Doerflein, who hand-raised polar bear cub Knut in the zoo of Berlin last year, died yesterday. There's no information re. the cause of his death, but obviously he was suffering from an illness for a while.
Here are some articles:
Knut the polar bear's zookeeper found dead in Berlin
This article has many great shots of him and Knut:
Zookeeper who hand-reared Knut the polar bear found dead
Zookeeper who hand-reared Knut the polar bear is found dead