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Ex-Deutsche banker left notes before killing himself: London inquest

A retired Deutsche Bank executive, William Broeksmit, killed himself after leaving several suicide notes for family and friends, an inquest in London ruled on Tuesday.

Broeksmit, 58, who had close ties to the bank's co-Chief Executive Anshu Jain, was found hanging in January at his Kensington home by his wife and pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest at London's High Court heard Broeksmit retired from the bank in February 2013 but written medical evidence said he was "very anxious" that summer about authorities investigating areas of banking where he had worked, without giving further details.

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However the last time he was known to have seen a doctor, in December 2013, he had not appeared anxious or depressed, the hearing was told, and a psychologist said Broeksmit recognized his concerns were due to a state of anxiety rather than reality.

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Coroner Fiona Wilcox said there was "clear suicidal intent" in the notes but did not give details of their content.

"These notes do provide evidence of intention," Wilcox said. "I am therefore satisfied … that William Broeksmit did take his own life."

Deutsche Bank said in a statement after the inquest: "Bill was not under suspicion of wrongdoing in any matter."

Broeksmit, a U.S. national, was a key founder of Deutsche's investment bank and one many bankers, including Jain, who joined Germany's flagship lender from Merrill Lynch in the 1990s when Deutsche launched plans to compete on Wall Street.

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