Austrian political leaders have expressed shock at the death of a doctor who closed his clinic after receiving death threats from opponents of restrictions and private vaccinations. With covid-19.
Austrian media reported that the body of Dr. Lisa Maria Kellermeier, who publicly confirmed the effectiveness of the vaccine, was found Friday in her clinic office in rural northern Austria.
Prosecutors in the Wills region confirmed the suicide, and notes were found, the contents of which will not be published, the Austrian news agency reported.
Kellermeyer announced a month ago that he was temporarily closing the clinic, more than seven months after he received death threats. He said he spent 100,000 euros ($102,000) on security.
In mid-July, Kellermeier said he was closing the clinic permanently because he “could not provide any perspective as to whether and when we would be able to operate under ‘normal’ conditions”.
Austrian President Alexander von der Bellen wrote on Twitter that his feelings were with Kellermeier’s family and friends.
“We will put an end to this intimidation and fear,” he said, adding, “There is no place for hatred and intolerance in our Austria. We will always find a way to live together in peace.”
Health Minister Johannes Rauch said Kellermeier’s death “shocked me deeply”.
“As a physician, he dedicated his life to the health and well-being of others,” Rauch tweeted, adding, “The death threats against him and his colleagues are a cruel reality.” He described the threat as inexcusable and said it “must finally stop”.
In June, prosecutors in Wales completed an investigation into a German suspected of threatening Kellermeier, a case German authorities said was responsible, APA reported. Police in Austria are still investigating the unidentified men.
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