The Finance Minister of Germany’s Hesse State, Mr Thomas Schaefer, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the Coronavirus.
The State Premier, Volker Bouffier, disclosed this on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Mr Schaefer, aged 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and the Wiesbaden Prosecution’s Office said they believe he died by suicide.
Mr Bouffier, in a recorded statement, said: “We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all, we are immensely sad.”
Hesse is home to Germany’s Financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their Headquarters and the European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.
A visibly shaken 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 Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Popular and well-respected, Mr Schaefer had long been touted as a possible successor to Bouffier.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.