A 21-year-old student who died after pulling 'all-nighters' as an intern at a UK investment bank had reportedly said he felt immense 'pressure' to succeed.
German student Moritz Erhardt was nearing the end of a seven-week internship at Bank of America's Merrill Lynch when he was found dead in his East London flat last week.
Friends of the 21-year-old are said to have claimed Erhardt had been forced to work through the night a total of eight times in a two week period.
It is also believed Erhardt suffered from epilepsy and could have suffered a seizure on the night of his death.
However emerging reports suggest the student had an innate drive to 'win', working hard to consistently perform throughout his life no matter the consequence.
In an online portfolio obtained by the UK's The Daily Mail, Erhardt told prospective employers his upbringing was responsible for strong his work ethic.
"I have grown up in family that expected me, in whatever respect, to excel in life," Erhardt wrote.
"By implication, I felt somehow pressurizes [sic]. However I did not intend to blie my parents' expectations.
"Therefore I have become highly competitive and ambitious nature from early on.
"Already during my times in elementary school I began playing soccer as well as tennis, I engaged in track and field athletics, and I started ski racing.
"Sometimes I had a tendency to be over ambitious, which resulted in severe injuries," the portfolio states.
The body of the young German student was found on Thursday, amid claims he was asked to work "punishingly long hours" at the top financial institution.
The Mail claims many banks encourage their young students to work late into the night and in the past there have been claims those keen to impress have put in long hours with very little sleep.
One website - wallstreetoasis.com - has posts claiming Mr Erhardt regularly worked long hours.
"One of the best interns at BAML - three all-nighters, didn't turn up, colleagues went to find him," one said.
"It is absolutely true - he was found dead in the shower by his flatmate. Intern at BAML who went home at 6am three days in a row," said another.
A fellow intern labelled Mr Erhardt a 'superstar'.
"We typically work 15 hours a day or more and you would not find a harder worker than him," he said.
"He seemed a lovely guy and was very popular with everyone. He was tipped for greatness."
Mr Erhardt had been living in the Claredale House student accommodation flats in Bethnal Green, according to the Daily Mail.
Claredale staff issued a statement at the weekend: "Some of you might be aware that the emergency services were called to Claredale yesterday evening. The reason for this is that we were made aware of an incident involving one of our residents. Sadly the resident concerned had passed away. To avoid any rumours or misinformation, we would like to inform you all that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death."
A Daily Mail source at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Mr Erhardt had completed previous internships at other investment banks but refused to comment on his working hours.
The source told the mail that staff were given both 'mentors' and 'buddies' when they joined the firm.
Mr Erhardt was very well-liked by members of staff and there will now be a post mortem examination and inquest into his death, said the source.
A statement from BAML said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Moritz Erhardt's death," the statement said. "He was popular amongst his peers and was a highly diligent intern at our company with a promising future.
"Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time."