South Korean Broker Jumps to Death Over Losses

48-year-old sent text apologizing before killing himself
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2011 8:39 AM CDT
A view of Seoul's Han River and riverside, with blocks or residential apartments in the middle ground.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The global markets turmoil claims a victim: A South Korean stockbroker committed suicide today after apparently suffering heavy losses, reports the AP. The 48-year-old sent text messages to his colleagues apologizing to them and to his clients for the losses before jumping from his 18th-floor high-rise residence around 7am. The Korean stock market was hit hard last week by global uncertainty, with the Kospi falling to its lowest level since September 2010.

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