The death of China’s ambassador to Israel may be due to natural causes, according to an Israeli official.

The ambassador, Du Wei was found dead on Sunday lying on his bed in his residence.

Du Wei became Chinese ambassador to Israel in February this year.

An Israeli police spokesman confirmed the ambassador’s death at the residence in coastal Herzliya, adding only that police were at the scene “as part of the regular procedure”.

“Police are investigating this as death by natural causes,” the official said.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying posted a tweet expressing “deepest condolences” at her colleague’s death. The tweet provided no information about the death.

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