Police have begun a murder inquiry after a flamboyant German fashion designer was found apparently strangled to death at his Munich villa. Rudolph Moshammer was discovered by his driver on Friday morning with a telephone cable around his neck. Police said an autopsy showed the cord had been the murder weapon. Mr Moshammer, 64, built a reputation for the extravagant clothes he designed and wore, and was well known on Germany’s celebrity circuit. ‘No burglary’ Munich prosecutor Peter Boie said there was no apparent motive for the attack but police were conducting investigations in Munich’s gay scene. Mr Boie said: “Everything indicates that he was murdered. He had neck injuries.” He said there were no signs of a burglary or fight and no items of value had been removed.