Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Did overwork cause this 21-year-old's death?

As the Yorubas say, the life of work is longer than human life. so take it easy. 

AOL: Bank Of America Intern Died After Pulling Three All-Nighters, Reports Claim

A 21-year-old Bank of America intern praised as "highly diligent" died Thursday, and there was immediate speculation that he died of overwork. And although the official cause of death hasn't been determined yet, there was much online speculation that his death was somehow related to having pulled three all-nighters in a row.

Moritz Erhardt, a University of Michigan business school student, was found dead at his apartment in east London, a bank spokesperson told Bloomberg. Erhardt had just one week left of his seven-week investment-banking internship at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

In a statement, Bank of America said, "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Moritz Erhardt's death. He was popular amongst his peers and was a highly diligent intern at our company with a promising future." [UPDATE 1:41 pm: A bank spokesman told AOL Jobs that the bank would not make any comment "about his work patterns. We're trying to focus on what we can do for his family and the other interns and anyone else affected by this." According to unconfirmed reports, Erhardt suffered from epilepsy and may have died from a seizure. But investment bankers are infamous for working long, grueling hours, and speculation immediately has focused on the role overwork may have played in his death.

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