Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at home: Police

HERZLIYA, ISRAEL (AFP) – China’s Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead at his residence on the outskirts of Tel Aviv yesterday, police said.

The 57-year-old envoy, who had arrived in Israel in mid-February, was found dead in his home in Herzliya, north of the city, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Police units were at the scene “as part of the regular procedure… (but) there is no investigation into his death,” Rosenfeld told AFP.

Du’s wife and son were not with him in Israel.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it would only comment when it had “solid” information.

Du had previously served as ambassador to Ukraine, according to his biography on the embassy’s website.

The Haaretz daily said initial reports said staff had found Du dead in his bed and that there were no signs of violence.

It quoted Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom as saying the cause of death appeared to be a cardiac incident.