Top SA banker plunges to death in London

2012-10-18 11:50
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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London - A top South African-born investment banker who worked in London jumped to his death last week from the top of an upmarket restaurant in the English capital, UK media reported on Thursday.

Nico Lambrechts, 46, took a short walk from his office to the exclusive Coq d'Argent restaurant and then plunged down the building’s atrium, the Daily Mail reported.

Lambrechts’s body landed next to stunned diners who were enjoying lunch at cafes and bars in a shopping complex at the bottom of the building.

Medics reached him within minutes but were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead by a doctor at the scene minutes later.

Lambrechts worked as an investment analyst for Investec Asset Management and previously worked for Merrill Lynch.

The London Evening Standard reported that the inquest into his death opened on Wednesday, and was postponed.

Neighbours told UK newspapers they were mystified as to why the man with the seemingly perfect life would kill himself.

When asked about the possible reason behind the suicide, a neighbour, who described Lambrechts as a “really great guy”, said: “You never know. He was a random man, unpredictable - you know.”

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.

Just three weeks ago Lambrechts posted a picture on the internet with his wife, Adele, taken during a summer holiday.

The banker’s death last week is the fourth to have occurred at the top restaurant.

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