Coronavirus drives Germany’s Finance Minister to commit suicide
Was He Corona-noid?
The Finance Minister, Hesse state Germany, Thomas Schaefer, has committed suicide.
State governor Volker Bouffier said Sunday that the 54-year-old had become consumed with how to handle the coronavirus crisis sending the global markets into freefall.
What made him end his life?
He said Schaefer was particularly concerned about “whether it would be possible to succeed in fulfilling the population’s huge expectations, particularly of financial help.”
“I have to assume that these worries overwhelmed him,” Bouffier said. “He apparently couldn’t find a way out. He was in despair and left us.”
Authorities investigating Schaefer’s death said questioning witnesses led them to conclude that he died by suicide.
Schaefer was a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and had held his position for a decade.