German state financial minister kills himself over coronavirus 'despair'

Marco Green
March 30, 2020

Thomas Schaefer, the Finance Minister of the German state of Hesse, which includes Frankfurt, has been found dead on Saturday.

A German provincial Finance minister, who was reportedly anxious about the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, has been found dead, having allegedly committed suicide, reports said on Sunday.

It has been reported that he was becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, according to state premier Volker Bouffier.

In a statement, Bouffier said that they were in a state of shock and immensely sad.

Authorities investigating Schaefer's death said questioning witnesses led them to conclude that he died by suicide. No further details were available. The presence of a body on the tracks was first alerted by witnesses to paramedics who were initially unable to identify the remains due to severe extent of the injuries.

"Today we have to assume that he was deeply anxious", said Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"His (Schaefer's) main concern was whether he could manage to fulfill the huge expectations of the population, especially in terms of financial aid", Bouffier said. "He was in despair and left us".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was informed of the doctor's test shortly after holding a news conference announcing new measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Bouffier recalled in a statement how Schäfer worked "day and night" to provide help to the companies and workers tackle the economic impact of coronavirus outbreak.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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