Russian Ambassador to UN Dies Suddenly


FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Russia's Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin addresses a Security Council meeting at the United Nations. Russian officials said their ambassador to United Nations, Churkin, has died in New York City on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Vitaly Churkin, the tough-talking Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly Monday after falling ill at his country’s consulate in New York City.

Churkin, 64, was working at his desk when he collapsed, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed. The ministry gave no other details. “A prominent Russian diplomat has passed away while at work,” the ministry said in a statement on its official website. “We’d like to express our sincere condolences to Vitaly Churkin’s family.” The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed it was investigating the death. “Once we have had an opportunity to examine the decedent, we will share the cause and manner of death when it is available,” spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said in a statement.

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