Loved ones baffled by SA banker's suicide

2012-10-19 08:15
Nico Lambrecht poses with his wife in a picture taken a few weeks ago during a holiday. (Facebook)

Nico Lambrecht poses with his wife in a picture taken a few weeks ago during a holiday. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - It is still unclear why a wealthy South African banker with a wife and three children committed suicide in London by jumping off a building.

Friends and relatives reacted with shock to the news that Nico Lambrechts, 46, had killed himself, reported Die Burger.

The former Matie was working at Investec Asset Management and during his lunch break last week walked to the Coq d'Argent restaurant in London, went to the top of the building and jumped over 24m to his death.

A friend of Lambrechts, Bernard Abrahamsen, said his death came as a big shock.

“It is very sad and tragic and Nico’s family now have to mourn,” said Abrahamsen from London.

He identified Lambrechts’s body at the morgue. A neighbour said Lambrechts was “decent and nice”.

“I can’t think why he would do it,” she said.

The investment analyst lived with his wife and three children in a £2m (R27m) six-bedroom gated home in the upmarket town of Cobham, Surrey.

Lambrechts had matriculated at Paul Roos Gymnasium and studied chemical engineering at Stellenbosch.

He had been living in England for seven years with his wife and children.

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