Finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, Thomas Schaefer has reportedly committed suicide after becoming extremely worried over how to cope with the economic fallout from the Coronavirus.
The 54-year-old was discovered dead near a railway track on Saturday.
Hesse is home to Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt. Schaefer had been working “day and night” to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.
A reported by Al Jazeera revealed that the Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe he died by suicide.
“We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad,” Bouffier said in a recorded statement.
Police and prosecutors stated that factors, including the questioning of witnesses and their own observations at the scene, led them to conclude that Schaefer killed himself.
Germany is one of the top five countries with the highest cases of the virus with over Sixty-two thousand cases as at the time of filing this report.