Top SA banker plunges to death in London

2012-10-18 11:50

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.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-18 12:04

    Shame, RIP. Just goes to show that looks can be deceiving and that just because his life "looked" perfect doesn't necessarily mean it was or that he was happy.

      zane.zeiler - 2012-10-18 12:05

      I guess it's true then what they say... Money can't buy happyness...

      zane.zeiler - 2012-10-18 12:06

      Yet it's much more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than in a Fiat...

      CarlaVittoriSpeaks - 2012-10-18 13:51

      @Hondbyt - maybe it doesn't but I would very much like the opportunity to prove the cliche wrong...

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 12:10

    Crash of the markets? Remember the great depression of early 1900's? My heart goes out to those children, they are the victims here. The impact and ripple effects of a parent's suicide last for many years.

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-18 12:43

      @Andrea.....i believe you might be onto something here!!.......point of no return for a banker.

  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-18 12:10

    How many people jumped to their deaths after they lost their homes, families, everything at the hands of these ruthless bankers?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-18 13:49

      He was an investement analyst banker, probably only worked with numbers and not clients.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-18 12:12

    There you have it folks, Money cannot bring you hapiness!!! 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.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-18 13:07

      "Money cannot bring you hapiness!!!" Or maybe you don't know how to spend the money to make you happy...

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-18 13:54

      The abscence of money is more likely to make you unhappy. Most people don't respect money, that is why theire wallets are most of the time empty.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-18 12:15

    How terrible.....notwithstanding his reasons, he had a family who are now traumatized......oh dear. Suicide is the MOST selfish thing to do....

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 12:34

      classwar, you speak a truth.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-18 12:53

      Sempre veritas.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-18 13:41

      @classwar.trotsky you are right, but you cannot blame this man surely? He is simply portion of a system. I am speaking of reality here, this was a human being sir.

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-18 12:26

    shame man

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-18 12:28

    could be depression...which has bugger all to do with money in some instances! whatever the reason, its damn sad! and to the dude that say money cant buy you happiness....RUBBISH! get real, money makes the world go round and thats a sick sad fact!

      marc.klynhans - 2012-10-18 12:55

      Finally someone who can spell happiness!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-18 13:32

      I feel So Sad for you If you truly believe money buys Happiness sorry I earn enough not to stress limit my debts but my happiness is my kids and my holidays and hardly working!!

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-10-18 12:50

    Terrible. RIP. We can only wonder what the problem was. Could he have been facing iminent financial ruin, or was he a manic depressive? Really feel for his wife and children, they'll always wonder why dad did that.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-18 12:52

    You never know what goes through a persons mind, especially when they decide to do something like this. Big things start with a single splash and by the time the ripples hit the side of your pool, they've become tsunami in size.. RIP dude.

  • UncleShep - 2012-10-18 12:56


  • LongSword - 2012-10-18 13:00

    And here News24 reports this a week later! 7days is alot of time to coverup something.

  • gordon.sims.180 - 2012-10-18 13:12

    Everybody is on aabout bank downfalls/depression and and .......... Guys it could be any number of reasons - could have been something really personal like finding out he was terminally ill ........ but regardless it is still tragic that he felt no way out other than suicide and my heart goes out to the family and frends of this man !!!

  • melinda.botha.75 - 2012-10-18 13:16

    Something in the food?

  • nicolas.cocolas.1 - 2012-10-18 13:24

    Sanda, You are Obviously an Idiot making such a statement !!!!!!

  • stertjie.stert - 2012-10-18 13:26

    money certainly doesnt buy happiness

  • jakob.hayes.94 - 2012-10-18 13:33

    I was at school with Nico, what a nice man, many of the comments are inappropriate. What a nice man, extremely intelligent, hard working and a thoroughly nice man. He contributed to our society in a very positive way. He will be greatly missed in our world. Top class man, one of the finest ever!! To his family: We wish you all the best in this most difficult time, but Nico's laughter, enthusiasm and great wit will be with us forever. You enriched many peoples lives. RIP

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 13:37

    Things are not always the way they seem. Sometimes a humble life is a happier life.

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-18 13:39

    @chris.debeer. please dont feel sorry for me...i said money makes the world go round not buys happiness. it certainly helps to make you happy and i know of alot of people who are poor and that sure as hell doesnt make them happy! im saying get real....the lack of money is a huge cause of UNHAPPINESS.

  • Brownbear - 2012-10-18 13:50

    The grass is not always greener on the other side ......

  • godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-10-18 13:53

    News 24 why publish a photo of him and his wife. You are a a lot of insensitive sensation seeking idiots.

      napolita.kio - 2012-10-18 14:27

      Mr Kruger Why do you think it's inappropriate to publish a happy looking pair of individuals? Do(es) your reason(s) apply in all cases whenever someone dies? Please take no offence from my questioning. Regards :) Napo

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-10-18 14:06

    Want to bet that fraud and/or insider trading will be revealed in the next few days?

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