The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home in Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.
Du Wei, 58, was found in his bed at his apartment in the suburb of Herzliya, in the north of the city.
No cause of death has been given and Israeli police said it was investigating.
‘As part of the regular procedure, police units are at the scene,’ a Israeli police spokesman said.
He was only appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and previously served as China’s envoy to Ukraine.
Du Wei, 58, (pictured in August 2019 when he was ambassador to Ukraine) was found in his bed at his apartment in the suburb of Herzliya, in the north of the city
He is survived by a wife and son, who are not thought to be in Israel.
The ambassador’s death comes just two days after he condemned comments by visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who denounced Chinese investments in Israel and accused China of hiding information about the coronavirus outbreak.
In an interview with newspaper Haaretz, Wei said he his aim was to strengthen the ties between Israel and China.
He said: ‘China is a law-abiding, responsible country, and should be trusted. Different things have been said regarding China’s battle [against the coronavirus]. Initially, some were condescending and gloating.
An Israeli policeman cordons off an area near the house of China’s ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, Israel
When the disease broke out across the world, there were those who said that China has to apologize. They were looking for a scapegoat.
‘Throughout history, certain groups of people have been accused with spreading plagues more than once. It’s despicable and should be condemned.
The disease is the enemy of the entire mankind, and the world should fight it together.’
Wei also previously spoke about taking up the new role in the midst of a pandemic and how he had to enter quarantine for 14-days due to the outbreak.
He didn’t receive his diplomatic credentials until March and did not meet with the Israeli president to get them, which is normal procedure.