German envoy to China dies just two weeks in the job

BEIJING, September 6 (Reuters) – The German Ambassador in China Jan Hecker passed away, barely two weeks in the job, the foreign of the European nation office said on Monday.

Hecker, 54, a foreigner policy advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, had just taken up to be post on August 24, the embassy in the Chinese capital said: in a message on to be social media Wechat account.

The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

“It is with deep sadness and dismay die we have learned of the sudden death of the German ambassador in China,” said the German Foreign Ministry on to be website.

An embassy spokesperson declined further comment to Reuters.

Hecker seemed “happy and in order” when he… hosted An event over the German artist Joseph Beuys on his Beijing home last Friday, a guest at the event said.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Clarence Fernandez

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