Berlin: A German provincial Finance minister was on Sunday found dead. According to reports he allegedly committed suicide. He was reportedly worried about the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - ICC Should Wait For a Suitable Time For Organising T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram

The the mutilated body of Thomas Schafer, the Finance Minister of Hesse, where the country”s financial centre Frankfurt is, was found on a high-speed train line in the town of Hochheim, the local media reported the police as saying. Also Read - Unlock 1: Over 9,800 Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours; Religious Institutions Prepare For Staggered Opening

As per an initial investigation, it appeared to be a case of suicide. Also Read - Once Team Management Decides Something, I Don't Think There Should be a Place For Contrarian View: Wriddhiman Saha

A further probe into the matter has been launched.

The body was found by some passers-by, who informed paramedics, but they were unable to identify the remains due to the extensive injuries.

Investigation confirmed the identity of the man as Schafer and that the death was likely a suicide. No further details were available.

Schafer, 54, left a note about the reasons for killing himself, a German daily said, citing sources close to the investigation.

According to local media in Hesse, Schafer regularly appeared in public in recent days, for example, to inform the public about financial assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

From Chancellor Angela Merkel”s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), he had been active in state politics for more than two decades and was finance minister for almost 10 years.

(With agency inputs)