Germany’s new ambassador to China, Jan Hecker, has died shortly after taking over his submit, the Overseas Workplace confirmed Monday.
The Overseas Ministry didn’t expose the circumstances behind the diplomat’s demise.
The 54-year-old had solely taken up his new job in Beijing final month. His deputy, Frank Rueckert, will take over his duties.
“It’s with deep disappointment and consternation that we heard of the sudden demise of the German ambassador to China, Professor, Dr. Jan Hecker.
“At this second, our ideas are together with his household and the individuals who have been near him,’’ the Overseas Workplace stated in a press release.
A local of the northern port metropolis of Kiel, Hecker skilled as a lawyer and had labored as an legal professional and a decide.
He was married with three youngsters.
Hecker was a college lecturer earlier than turning into a overseas coverage advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel forward of his appointment as ambassador.