In light of recent investigations into HSBCs questionable dealings with Terrorists and Drug Traffickers (one in the same?), the suicide of a Senior Banker working from HSBC’s Canary Wharf main office becomes suspicious when normally it may not raise eyebrows. Why had his wife reported him missing the day before? Where had he been? Who was he with? Why was he at the art gallery?
A man who plunged 100ft to his death at the Tate Modern art gallery in London was a senior bank manager with HSBC.
Michael Foreman, 48, fell from a fifth-floor balcony in the members’ bar area of the gallery on the South Bank last Tuesday evening.
The banker, who lived in Grays, Essex, with his wife Janet, was reported missing the day before he died.
Horrified witnesses described seeing a man dressed in a suit without a tie plunge from the bar area shortly before the gallery, whose imposing building was once a power station, closed at 6pm. Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.
“He had a good job in the City and was always flying to Hong Kong so it makes you think what was going through his mind when he died,” said Mr Foreman’s friend, Derek Morris, a fellow member of the trombone section at the Tilbury brass band. “He was very business-like and not very sociable. He was always very well-suited and always a gentleman. It’s very sad news and I just can’t believe it.”
Mr Foreman was named today as an inquest into his death opened at Southwark Coroner’s Court.
The short hearing was told that he was a “senior bank manager with HSBC” and died from “multiple traumatic injuries”. He was formally identified by his wife.
He had worked for HSBC for 30 years and was based in head office in Canary Wharf in the business banking section.