German minister commits suicide after 'virus crisis worries'
FRANKFURT AM MAIN (AFP) - Mr Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany 's Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming 'deeply worried' over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday (March 29).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Mr Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said they believe he died by suicide."We are in shock, we are in disbelief and, above all, we are immensely sad," Mr Bouffier said in a recorded statement.
Hesse is home to Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.A visibly shaken Mr Bouffier recalled that Mr Schaefer, who was Hesse's finance chief for 10 years, had been working"day and night" to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.
"Today, we have to assume that he was deeply worried," said Mr Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel."It's precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him," he added.Popular and well-respected, Mr Schaefer had long been touted as a possible successor to Mr Bouffier.
Like Mr Bouffier, Mr Schaefer belonged to Dr Merkel's centre-right CDU party.He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Read more: The Straits Times
rip:( Wanting to commit suicide for worries is really a sickness that need to be treated.. If someone notice it then he will be helped instead of such happened RamliRizal Its so crazy😣😣 This is very sad ☹️ many people are suffering in silence. Please stay strong and be positive. May he RIP God bless German!
Oh dear, deeply saddened. That's suspicious to me Dam. I call this as Coward and irresponsible person. But nevertheless, R.I.P R.I.P😔 This is sad 😔 Overwhelmed with grief and horror of the pandemic. There are many suffering. Be mindful of needy people around us. Pray for them.
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