BERLIN — Heidi Hetzer, a Berlin businesswoman whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her many fans back home in Germany, has died. She was 81.
Hetzer's family said Tuesday she died at her home in the German capital over the weekend; the cause of death is unclear.
A trained mechanic who once lost a finger repairing an engine, Hetzer took over the family car business in 1969, turning it into one of Berlin's biggest.
Hetzer, who documented her journey on Instagram, received a hero's welcome on her return to Berlin in 2017.