Reinhard Fabisch, who coached Benin at this year's CAF Africa Cup of Nations, has died aged 57 after a long illness, the German Football Federation announced on Monday.
Fabisch, who replaced Benin's Wabi Gomez after the latter had successfully qualified his country for only their second ever Cup of Nations, failed to get 'The Squirrels' past the first round as they went down to three defeats.
However, he had to stand down in April because of his illness.
Fabisch, who played for Borussia Dortmund from 1969-71, had originally got the post because of his extensive experience in coaching African countries having handled Zimbabwe (1992-95) and Kenya (1987, 1997 and 2001-02).
He caused an uproar at the Africa Cup of Nations when he claimed that he had been approached by an Asian betting syndicate to fix the result of his team's opening African Nations Cup game against Mali which they lost 1-0.