China’s ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead at his home on Sunday morning, Israeli media said, citing police.

Du, 58, was found dead at the apartment in the city of Herzliya in central Israel, it was reported.

According to Ynet News, the envoy’s body was discovered in his bed, and the cause of death has not yet been revealed.

When contacted for comment by the Jerusalem Post, the Chinese Embassy said it could not immediately confirm the reports.

Du assumed the role of ambassador to Israel in February. He had previously served as an envoy to Ukraine.

In an op-ed for the Jerusalem Post in March, Du described how had undergone a two-week home quarantine after arriving in Israel. He urged all countries to work together in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. The diplomat also called for the fight against “another common enemy” – misinformation – which included accusations of China concealing relevant data on the spread of the disease. Beijing has repeatedly denied such claims.

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