Vitaly Churkin’s cause of death named
Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations United Nations died at the age of 64.
Ambassador Churkin died of a heart attack, reported the New York Post, citing unnamed sources.
According to the publication, Churkin was at the Russian Mission to the U.N. on New York's East 67th Street when he became sick with a cardiac condition. He felt bad about 9.30 am local time (18:30 Moscow time).
Churkin was unconscious and needed CPR, wrote New York Post. He was taken to hospital. He died at 10:55 am (19:55 Moscow time), the sources told the publication. His death was announced at a meeting of the United Nations. The cause of death is yet to be named officially.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported Churkin’s death late on February 20. He was about to turn 65 years old the next day.
Vitaly Churkin was born on February 21, 1952 in Moscow. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations and received PhD in History. He started his diplomatic career in 1974.
Churkin served as Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from April 2006 and spoke on the country's behalf at the UN Security Council.
He was the Ambassador of Russia to Canada from 1998 to 2003.