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Adolf Merckle, German tycoon who lost millions on VW shares, commits suicide

Times Online – One of Europe’s most influential industry magnates has thrown himself in front of a train after his business empire began to crumble.

Adolf Merckle, the 74-year-old head of a conglomerate that employs thousands in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, killed himself on Monday.

After writing a suicide note for his family, he checked the railway timetable and walked to the track that ran close to his home in the village of Blaubeuren, southwest Germany. His body was found at 7.30pm.

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