The musician turned Baywatch star turned political activist publicly backed calls to save parts of the wall still standing from being removed to make way for new apartment blocks

The Hoff performed on top of the wall in 1989, a year before it was torn down to reunify East and West Germany, and this month he used it as a stage to launch his own career (one can only guess).

However, the campaign was unsuccessful and demolition began on Wednesday morning.

Hasselhoff posted on Twitter: “It’s a sad day as the bulldozers came & ripped out the memories of those imprisoned by the Wall and those who died.”

The demolition sparked protests in Berlin and more than 250 police officers were deployed to control the crowds as the construction crews moved in.

But unlike the wall, the Hoff will no doubt get back up after being knocked down again.

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