German Finance Official Found Dead on Railway Tracks

German Finance Official Found Dead on Railway Tracks”

Hesse is the home of Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have headquartered along with the European Central Bank.

A German state finance minister has been found dead in an apparent suicide which has been linked to the coronavirus crisis, officials said today.

Thomas Schaefer, 54, the finance minister of Hesse state, Germany, was found on a high-speed train line in the town of Hochheim between Frankfurt and Mainz, the police confirmed on Saturday.

Thomas Schaefer, who had led the finance ministry of Hesse for nearly ten years, was found dead next to train tracks near Frankfurt, according to a police investigation.

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

"I have to assume that these worries overwhelmed him", Bouffier said.

"It's precisely during this hard time that we would have needed someone like him", he added.

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Bouffier said Schaefer was anxious about "whether it would be possible to succeed in fulfilling the population's huge expectations, particularly of financial help".

Like Bouffier, Schaefer belonged to Merkel's centre-right CDU party.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

As of the time of reporting, Germany has recorded 58,247 case of the disease with 552 deaths.

The Novel Coronavirus has claimed the life of a prominent lawmaker from Germany.

Ms Merkel has also been in quarantine for some days after testing positive for the virus.

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