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Bank of America intern dies after reportedly working 3 straight days


Bank of America said on September 28, 2012, that it agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle a lawsuit related to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch.


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An intern working at Bank of America's London offices died on Aug. 15 after reportedly working nearly 72 hours in a row, according to the UK's The Independent.

Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old German exchange student, died seven days before the end of his summer internship.

The New York Times said "unconfirmed reports on social network forums suggested Erhardt had worked through the night on three consecutive times as part of his internship."

The Independent reported he had worked until 6 a.m. on those three days.

Bank of America declined to comment on whether or not Erhardt had been overworked, according to the Times.

Erhardt had been studying business at the University of Michigan, while also attending the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.

Erhardt reportedly suffered from epilepsy and collapsed in the shower at Claredale House, a student residential housing facility in East London. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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“He was popular amongst his peers and was a highly diligent intern at our company with a promising future,” Bank of America spokesman John McIvor said in a statement. “Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time.”