Nov 26, 2013

    Overworked bank intern died of epileptic fit


    BANK of America Merrill Lynch intern Moritz Erhardt

    died of an epileptic seizure while taking a shower on Aug 15, a London coroner said after an inquest on Sunday.

    The intern never once complained about his workload, Mr Erhardt's parents and co-workers said, even when staying up until 5am.

    "It may be that Moritz had been working so hard that his fatigue was a trigger for the seizure that killed him," coroner Mary Hassell said at the inquest. "But that is only a possibility."

    The plight of Mr Erhardt prompted Bank of America to set up a panel of senior managers to "review all aspects of this tragedy", the bank said following his death.

    He was found unconscious at Claredale House, a student residential facility in East London. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by paramedics.

    Ms Hassell said: "Moritz had a natural cause of death, though it's not natural that a young man should die like this."

    His parents told the coroner that their son contacted them the day before he died in an e-mail message sent at 5am.

    Dr Hans-Georg Dieterle, his father, said: "My wife noticed in his last week that he didn't get enough sleep. We thought this might be a risk in terms of his epilepsy."

    An autopsy found that Mr Erhardt was taking medicine regularly to treat epilepsy.

    He did not tell the bank about his condition, answering "no" to questions about whether he suffered from seizures on a medical form, according to Ms Hassell, who read the document in court.