The father of a 21-year-old Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern who was found dead in the shower after a 72-hour shift says the British government must act to prevent a similar tragedy. The family are also said to have been upset about a stream of vitriolic online abuse from people commenting on their son's death.
The Observer reports that Moritz Erhardt was nearing the end of a £6,000 seven-week placement at the London offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in August when he was found dead in the shower of his temporary accommodation. His colleagues had raised the alarm when he failed to turn up to work.
According to friends, Erhardt had worked a 72-hour shift in the days leading up to his death, stopping only to return briefly to his east London apartment in the early hours for a shower before going back to the office. His father, Dr Hans-Georg Dieterle, speaking exclusively to the Observer, said that it was 'in Merrill Lynch's own interests to make sure that such things don't happen any more'.
Dieterle also said that the family had been deeply upset by media coverage of his son's death. One particular German news article prompted a stream of vitriolic online abuse from people commenting that they wished more bankers like Erhardt had died.
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