İrem GÖL -TDO- 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. Schaefer was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution’s Office said they believe he died by suicide. Police and prosecutors said factors, including the questioning of witnesses and their own observations at the scene, led them to conclude that Schaefer killed himself.
Hesse is home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, where major Lenders such as Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt. Schaefer belonged to Merkel’s center-right CDU party. Minister President of Hesse from the same party, Volker Bouffier said Schaefer was working day and night to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic. He added: “It’s precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him.” Popular and well-respected Schaefer had long been touted as a possible successor to Bouffier.