Thinking hopelessly about the repercussions of the novel coronavirus over the economy, the finance minister in the <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/?s=Germany">German<\/a> state of Hesse, Thomas Sch\u00e4fer\u00a0, has taken his own life.\r\n\r\nHis colleagues said he was pushed over the edge by an inability to cope with the harsh economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\n<a href="https:\/\/www.dw.com\/en\/german-state-finance-minister-thomas-sch%C3%A4fer-found-dead\/a-52948976">Sch\u00e4fer\u00a0\u2019s body was discovered,<\/a> on Saturday, near the speed railway track line near Wiesbaden, in the town of Hochheim between Frankfurt and Mainz, while prosecutors said that the cause of his death was most likely suicide.\r\n\r\nThe politician apparently left a note before taking his own life, German daily\u00a0Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung\u00a0reported, citing sources close to the investigation. The note, according to the report, referenced Sch\u00e4fer's reasons for his apparent suicide.\r\n\r\nAccording to media in the state of Hesse, the 54-year-old regularly appeared in public in recent days, for example, to inform the public about financial assistance\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.dw.com\/en\/germany-wont-lift-coronavirus-restrictions-before-april-20-chancellory\/a-52947201">during the coronavirus crisis.<\/a>\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are in shock; we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad,\u201d Volker Bouffier, head of the Hesse regional government said.\r\n\r\nHe mentioned that Sch\u00e4fer\u00a0was a close associate and fellow member of Angela Merkel\u2019s CDU party.\r\n\r\nSch\u00e4fer\u00a0 has greatly contributed to the region\u2019s success while serving as its finance minister for the last decade. The 54-year-old\u2019s professional qualities were hailed by many, and he was expected to eventually replace Bouffier as the state\u2019s PM.\r\n\r\nBouffier recalled that Sch\u00e4fer, who leaves behind a wife and two children, was working \u201cday and night\u201d in order to minimize the impact of the pandemic on businesses and employees, but the task turned out to be insurmountable. \u201cWe have to assume that he was deeply worried,\u201d the PM said.\r\n\r\nBouffier also said that Sch\u00e4fer had been living under considerable worry and stress because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\n"His main concern was whether he could manage to fulfill the huge expectations of the population, especially in terms of financial aid," Bouffier said on Sunday. "He clearly couldn't see any\u00a0way out. He was desperate, and so he left us. That has shocked us, has shocked me."\r\n\r\n"Our sincere condolences go to his closest relatives," he added.\r\n\r\nHesse is one of the wealthiest states in Germany and home to Frankfurt am Main, which is regarded as the financial capital of Europe\u2019s largest economy. The city hosts the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the European Central Bank (ECB), as well as the HQs of Deutsche Bank and other major German companies.