Coroner: Merrill Lynch intern died from epilepsy

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM

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

The body of 21-year-old Moritz Erhardt was found in the shower of his London flat in August. 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.

Coroner Mary Hassell said Friday that Erhardt died after an epileptic seizure, despite regularly taking medication. She told an inquest one possibility was that "because Moritz had been working so hard his fatigue was a trigger for the seizure that killed him."

The bank said in August it has launched a review of its working conditions, especially for its junior staff.

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