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Newsline: Cause of death of Russian ambassador to UN revealed

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations who collapsed suddenly while at his embassy in Manhattan died from a heart attack, it was confirmed. No foul play is suspected in the death of Vitaly Churkin, according to a senior official briefed by the medical examiner’s office. The 64-year-old diplomat fell unconscious with a “cardiac condition” around 9.30am on Monday February 20 and was rushed to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital. However, despite attempts to revive him with CPR he was pronounced dead shortly after 11am. A post mortem was performed on Churkin last month, but the death required further study.



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