Un­timely deaths

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE -

STO­RIES about young peo­ple be­ing worked to death – lit­er­ally – have been mak­ing head­lines around the world. Here are some of the more high pro­file cases over the past two years:

Moritz Erhardt, 21

Al­though some re­ports say his death could have been caused by med­i­ca­tion he was tak­ing to con­trol his epilepsy, it is hard to ig­nore the fact that the bank in­tern was said to have worked for 72 hours be­fore his death last month. The Ger­man stu­dent was found dead in a shower cu­bi­cle in his Lon­don flat.

Pan Jie, 25

Pan’s death from acute cere­bral menin­gi­tis in 2011 caused an uproar in China af­ter her so­cial me­dia posts showed she had been con­stantly over­worked. A de­bate en­sued on whether com­pa­nies are work­ing em­ploy­ees so hard their health be­comes sec­ondary.

Lee Chang Tat, 29

In April 2012, the house­man was found dead in a re­stroom in Ka­jang Hos­pi­tal. He had been work­ing on call for five con­sec­u­tive days and his body was found next to a sy­ringe. It was be­lieved he over­dosed on a drug he had in­jected him­self with to fight off fa­tigue.

Li Yuan, 24

Ear­lier in May, Li, an em­ployee at Ogilvy & Mather China in Bei­jing, suf­fered a heart at­tack af­ter work­ing un­til 11pm ev­ery night for a month, and he ac­tu­ally yelped in pain be­fore drop­ping dead.

Lauren Con­nelly, 23

Two weeks ago, it was re­ported in Scot­land that Con­nelly, a med­i­cal doc­tor, crashed her car and died on the way home due to sev­ered ex­haus­tion. She was a few days short of her 24th birth­day.

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