Coroner: Merrill Lynch Intern Died from Epilepsy

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  • LONDON (AP) — A young intern who worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch died of an epileptic seizure that may have been triggered by fatigue, a British coroner said Friday.

    German-born Moritz Erhardt, 21, was a week from completing a work placement at the bank’s London’s offices in August when his body was found in the shower of his apartment. The case has sparked widespread speculation that the notorious long working hours and competitive environment at top investment banks were to blame for his death.

    At an inquest into his death, coroner Mary Hassell said that Erhardt died after an epileptic seizure, despite regularly taking medication.

    “One of the triggers for epilepsy is exhaustion and it may be that because Moritz had been working so hard his fatigue was a trigger for the seizure that killed him,” she said. “But that’s only a possibility and I don’t want his family to go away with the thought that it was something that Moritz did that causes his death.”

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