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Thomas Schaefer, the Finance Minister of Hesse state in Germany, committed suicide after being worried about the downfall of the country’s economy due to coronavirus outbreak. The incident was confirmed by state premier Volker Bouffier on Sunday.
54-year-old Schaefer was reported to be found near a railway track on Saturday by the Wiesbaden prosecution’s office. “We believe he died by committing suicide”, they added. Bouffier in a recorded statement said, “We all are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all, we are immensely sad.”
Speaking about Schaefer, visibly distraught Bouffier recalled that, Thomas had been the finance minister of Hesse for 10 years, and he was working day and night to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic coronavirus. “Today, we have to assume that he was deeply worried. It’s precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him,” Bouffier added.