An Austrian doctor known for her public advocacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, and for drawing the ire of those opposed to the vaccination, has died by suicide.
Dr. Lisa Maria Kellermayr, a doctor in rural Austria who was found deceased Friday according to multiple sources.
Prosecutors from Wels confirmed that the suicide was committed and stated notes had been found. However, they did not share any of what was in them.
“End fear and intimidation. Austria is free from hatred and intolerance. “Let us all always find a peaceful way to live together,” Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria’s President, wrote via Twitter to respond to the death of Dr. Kellermayr.
The doctor declared a month earlier that she would be closing down her practice, having been threatened with death for seven consecutive months. She announced her intention to close the practice permanently in mid-July.
She had reportedly spent $102,000 on security for her practice.
“She was a doctor who dedicated her life and career to improving the well-being and health of others.” Johannes Rauch, Health Minister, tweeted. “Death threats to her and her coworkers were brutal .”
Austria dropped a June plan that would have mandated COVID vaccinations for all adults.
— This article includes wire service reports.