Thomas Schäfer, German State Hesse Finance Minister, Found Dead – Thomas Schäfer, the finance minister for the state of Hesse, where Germany’s financial center Frankfurt lies, killed himself after despairing over the coronavirus fallout, his colleague claimed.
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The body of 54-year-old Thomas Schäfer, the state finance minister of Germany’s Hesse region, was found on a high-speed train line in the town of Hochheim between Frankfurt and Mainz, police confirmed Saturday.
Thomas Schäfer’s death was ruled a suicide by the police investigation after his body was found next to the Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed rail line near Hochheim on Saturday morning 28 March 2020.
State governor Volker Bouffier speculated that Thomas Schäfer’s death was caused by “worry about the future might have crushed him” because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“His main concern was whether he could manage to fulfill the huge expectations of the population, especially in terms of financial aid,” Volker Bouffier said on Sunday. “For him, there was clearly no way out. He was disappointed and so he had to leave us. That has shocked us, has shocked me.”
Volker added, “Our sincere condolences go to his closest relatives.”
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Thomas Schäfer apparently left a note before taking his own life, according to German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung report.
Born in Hemer, and grew up in Biedenkopf, Thomas Schäfer studied law at the University of Marburg, graduating in 1997.
Schäfer worked as a lawyer for the Commerzbank in Frankfurt am Main.
During the financial crisis of 2007–08, Thomas Schäfer coordinated state efforts for Opel, based in Rüsselsheim am Main, in coordination with the other three states where Opel had plants.
In February 2009, Thomas Schäfer became secretary of state for Karlheinz Weimar, the minister of finance.
Schäfer became state minister of finance under Hesse´s new Minister president Volker Bouffier in August 2010.
Thomas Schäfer had served as Hesse’s state finance minister for a decade, and he was a member of the Hessischer Landtag, the state parliament, from 2014 onward.
Thomas Schäfer, who belonged to Merkel’s centre-right CDU party, had long been touted as a possible successor to Bouffier.
Thomas Schäfer leaves behind a wife and two children.