Loved ones baffled by SA banker's suicide

2012-10-19 08:15

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.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-19 08:22

    money doesnt make one happy, probably had depression hope they find closure

      frank.kistler.31 - 2012-10-19 09:48

      Something cloudy lurks in the dark....dodgy deals maybe?see it for what it is....i won't be surprised if all was not well.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-19 14:43

      The recession is hitting UK so hard that some decide to jump out of the frying pan.

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-10-19 08:28

    Oh my God! Why? Everyone deserved a second chance, may God rest their souls.

  • ludwe.kolwapi - 2012-10-19 08:31

    Depression has no colour and doesn't care how money you have...hope I'll never be in that state of mind

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-19 12:36

      Luwde you are so right. We had a person in our office commit suicide and we could not for the life of us imagine why. He was a very introverted person, but at his funeral a very close friend of his told us that person that died had suffered from severe depression just about his whole life. He was on anti-depressants but this did not seem to help. Its very sad that these people cannot reach out for help and not be stigmatised !

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-10-19 09:12

    Not the smartest of bankers, no life insurance pays out for suicide, im sure his family are thanking him now for being so selfish. Ah Investec, the worst beforming bank in South Africa but with the highest paid CEO... they are all corrupt in one way or another.

      r.mashigo - 2012-10-19 09:27

      geez you're overflowing with sympathy. Kudos to you

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-10-19 13:49

      I have got no sympathy for selfish people, when you commit suicide you think only of yourself.

      pmolesworth - 2012-10-19 16:33

      life cover pays for suicide, most have a two year exclusion from inception

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-10-19 09:38


  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-19 09:55

    His skeletons were creeping out his closet ,he couldn't straighten up and take a stand so the guy took the easy way out

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-19 09:55

    This is news how?

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-10-19 11:01

    Maybe a very bad investment? Google shares yesterday? RIP

  • bronwyn.bevan - 2012-10-19 13:15

    My condolences to the family,I hope that you all find peace and happiness once again.Turn to GOD he is always there.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-19 14:45

    SAD..Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • cos.chobe - 2012-10-30 12:14

    No one knows that this guy committed suicide.Who saw this guy jump? Absolutely no one... Its possible that this guy was killed.

  • Roli MmeaNduvho Nemukula - 2014-01-14 13:24

    he's a white lattie who jumped from a building trying to run away from SARS..lets hear

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