The doctor of law was treated as a possible successor to Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU).
- Hessian finance minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU) is dead.
- The doctor of law was treated as a possible successor to Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU).
- Politicians from all parties were dismayed.
Update of March 29, 2020, 12:39 pm: Hesse's Prime Minister Volker Bouffier commented in a video slot on the death of Thomas Schäfer : “We would have needed him in such a difficult time. The biggest challenge in our country, it requires prudence and energy. Dr. stood for both Thomas Schäfer, ”said Bouffier. Schäfer worked day and night to deal with the crisis triggered by the corona pandemic.
"Today we have to assume that he was very worried, especially worried about whether it could be possible to meet the huge expectations of the population, especially the financial aid. I have to assume that these worries have overwhelmed him. ”According to Bouffier, Schäfer obviously found no other way out. "He was desperate and left us. It shakes us, it shakes me. I think especially of his family at this hour. ”
Hessian finance minister Thomas Schäfer is dead
First report from March 28, 2020:
Wiesbaden - Hessian finance minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU) is dead. This was announced by the public prosecutor's office in Wiesbade n and the police headquarters in West Hesse on Saturday evening. According to police, the body of the 54-year-old was discovered on an ICE route in Hochheim in the Main-Taunus district . Due to the overall circumstances, the investigators assume suicide. The CDU politician died at the age of 54.
The doctorate in law was treated as a possible successor to Prime Minister Volker Bouffier * (CDU) if he did not run again in the 2023 state elections.
Wiesbaden: Hessian Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer dead
In the evening Bouffier showed himself in a statement "stunned and shocked" in the face of Schäfer's death. He expressed his "sincere condolences" to the relatives. Schäfer has been Hesse's finance minister since August 2010. He was a co-founder of the Life with Cancer Foundation.
We are stunned. The CDU Hessen mourns the loss of Dr. Thomas Schafer. We were shocked to hear the news of his sudden and unexpected death. Our thoughts are with his family and relatives. pic.twitter.com/G7WAj8znTN- CDU Hessen (@cdu_hessen) March 28, 2020
As announced by the Wiesbaden public prosecutor and the police on Saturday evening, at 10.20 a.m. on Saturday a lifeless person was reported on the railway line near Hochheim . The subsequent investigation revealed that it was Schäfer 's body. "Due to the overall circumstances, the extensive crime scene work, the questioning of numerous witnesses, the situation on site, as well as technical and criminal science evaluations and investigations," as it was said, the investigators assume suicide.
Hessian finance minister Thomas Schäfer dead - opposition mourns
The opposition parties in the Hessian state parliament were also deeply shaken. The SPD parliamentary group leader and SPD country chief Nancy Faeser wrote on Twitter. "I am stunned and deeply dismayed about the death of Finance Minister Dr. Thomas Schäfer . ”The left faction in the Hessian state parliament wrote in a tweet:“ The death of Hesse's finance minister Dr. Thomas Schäfer leaves us with horror and shock. "
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