Merrill Lynch Intern Died of Epileptic Seizure

Fatigue may have been a trigger


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.