Bank intern literally works himself to death
21 August 2013, 18:08
London, UK - An intern was found dead after allegedly working a 72 hour shift to impress his bosses, reported The Telegraph on Tuesday.
Moritz Erhardt was completing his internship at the investment division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
He was understood to earn about KES 822,865 (£6000) for the seven-week internship, according to the agency.
He allegedly returned home at 6am on three consecutive days.
“Apparently he pulled eight all-nighters in two weeks," a fellow intern was quoted as saying.
"They get you working crazy hours and maybe it was just too much for him in the end.”
The 21-year-old was discovered by a flatmate in Bethnal Green on Thursday last week.
It is claimed that he collapsed in the shower from an epileptic fit and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.
Erhardt was due to graduate next year from the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany.
The bank said in a statement that Erhardt was a highly diligent intern with a promising future.
"Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time."
However, the bank refused to discuss claims about Erhardt’s working hours.