Thomas Schäfer, the finance minister of the German state of Hesse, was found dead near the railway track in the town of Hochheim (which is between Frankfurt and Mainz).
Investigators confirmed the death is likely a suicide. Further details are not released.
Thomas Schäfer was deeply worried over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), how to cope with its negative impact on the economy, said state premier Volker Bouffie.
He was working day and night with companies and workers to stable the economic impact of COVID-19 as much as possible. He was expected to succeed the state premier in the next term.
Thomas Schäfer was in Hesse’s politics for more than 20 years. During that period he was finance minister of the state of Hesse for 10 years. He was a member of Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) like Volker Bouffie.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
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