Rus­sian UN am­bas­sador’s death needs more study

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — The cause and man­ner of death of Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions needs to be stud­ied fur­ther, the city med­i­cal ex­am­iner said Tues­day, a day af­ter the diplo­mat fell ill at his of­fice at Rus­sia’s UN mis­sion and died at a hos­pi­tal. Fur­ther study usu­ally in­cludes tox­i­col­ogy and other screen­ings, which can take weeks. The case was re­ferred to the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice by the hos­pi­tal, spokes­woman Julie Bol­cer said. Vi­taly Churkin, who died a day be­fore his 65th birth­day, had been Rus­sia’s en­voy at the United Na­tions since 2006. He was the longest­serv­ing am­bas­sador on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the UN’s most pow­er­ful body.

The med­i­cal ex­am­iner is re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­gat­ing deaths that oc­cur by crim­i­nal vi­o­lence, ac­ci­dent, sui­cide, sud­denly or when the per­son seemed healthy, or if some­one died in any un­usual or sus­pi­cious man­ner.

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