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Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Herzliya home

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Israeli Foreign Ministry confirms the death of Du Wei, 58, who served as China’s ambassador to Ukraine before being assigned to Israel in February.

By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom, via JNS

Chinese Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his Herzliya home on Sunday morning, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

The Israel Police have launched an investigation into his death. No foul play is suspected, a source close to the investigation said.

According to initial reports, residence staff found Wei dead in his bed, and there were no signs of violence on his body. According to Israel’s Magen David Adom, the cause of death appears to have been a cardiac incident.

The 58-year-old envoy arrived in Israel in February. He had served as the Chinese ambassador to Ukraine prior to receiving his appointment to Israel.

Wei is survived by his wife and a son. The two were not with him in Israel.

There was no immediate comment from Chinese officials.

A version of this article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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