Thomas Schäfer, CDU Finance Minister of Hesse, was found dead on an ICE route. The police suspect suicide. Mourn companions like Volker Bouffier.
- The finance minister of Hesse has died
- CDU politician Thomas Schäfer was found dead
- Prime Minister Volker Bouffier reacted with deep sadness and great consternation
Update from Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 1:20 p.m .: The succession of Thomas Schäfer, finance minister of Hesse who died unexpectedly, has been arranged. As the Hesse state government under Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) announced on Tuesday, Michael Boddenberg will be the new finance minister. The death of 54-year-old Thomas Schäfer last Saturday (March 28, 2020) had caused great dismay in Germany. According to the investigators, Schäfer committed suicide.
Hessen: Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU) is dead - "We are all shocked and can hardly believe it"
Wiesbaden - Hesse's CDU finance minister Thomas Schäfer is dead . As the Wiesbaden public prosecutor and the West Hesse police headquarters report, the Finance Minister of Hesse, Dr. Thomas Schäfer, found dead on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.
Thomas Schäfer (CDU) Finance Minister of Hesse, was found dead on the ICE line
At 10.20 a.m. on Saturday (28.03.2020), a lifeless person was reported to the rescue center on the ICE railway line near Hochheim (Hesse) . The forces found the body of a man.
Investigators from the Presidium West Hesse were able to determine in the further course of the investigation that it was the 54-year-old Hessian Finance Minister Dr. Thomas Schäfe r acts. Schäfer is a CDU politician .
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Hessen: Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU) is dead - police assume suicide
The police in Hesse carried out extensive investigations into the death of Thomas Schäfer over the course of the day and, after questioning witnesses, the situation on site, as well as technical and criminal-scientific evaluations and investigations, came to the conclusion that suicide by Thomas Schäfer can be assumed.
The investigation was carried out in the course of Saturday until late in the evening by numerous officers from the West Hesse Police Headquarters in cooperation with the Hesse State Criminal Police Office.
Hessen: Volker Bouffier (CDU) is stunned because of Thomas Schäfer's death
Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) reacted to the news of the death of the Hessian finance minister Thomas Schäfer with deep sadness and great consternation. "We are all shocked and can hardly believe that Thomas Schäfer died suddenly and unexpectedly," said Volker Bouffier in Wiesbaden.
“We all have to deal with his death now and mourn with his family. Our sincere condolences go first to his closest relatives, and we wish them strength and strength for this difficult time, ”said Bouffier. Other companions of the Minister of Finance of Hesse reacted with sadness to the death of Thomas Schäfer.
Thomas Schäfer (CDU) was the successor to Volker Bouffier in Hesse
Schäfer was a member of the CDU and has served as Minister of Finance under Bouffier since 2010. The banker and doctor of law Thomas Schäfer was considered a promising candidate for the successor of the Prime Minister. Thomas Schäfer's life was eventful and successful.
Hesse's finance minister Thomas Schäfer leaves behind his wife and two children, a daughter and a son. The Hessian Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU) had just published a video on Instagram three days ago that government aid in the corona crisis should be increased.
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"We will increase the federal funds and add an additional billion from state funds in order to be able to help as quickly and unbureaucratically as possible from next week," said Dr. Thomas Schäfer on the sidelines of the press conference on the corona crisis in a short statement. #Immediate help #Corona #hlt @finanzenhessen
A post shared by Dr Thomas Schäfer (@ dr.thomas.schaefer) on Mar 25, 2020 at 12:20 PM PDT
Note on reporting after suicide
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The death of Thomas Schäfer was also an issue in the Tagesschau, as merkur.de * reports.
* merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.
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