Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead in swimming pool
| Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 11:00am
Russia's ambassador to Sudan, veteran diplomat Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead in the swimming pool at his Khartoum home on Wednesday, Sudanese and Russian officials said.
"The Russian ambassador died this evening at his Khartoum residence," the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement, without giving a cause of death.
"He was found dead in the swimming pool of his residence at 19:05 pm," police spokesperson Omar al-Mokhtar told AFP.
"Preliminary investigation shows that his death was natural," he said, as an embassy spokesperson said it apparently was caused by a heart attack.
Russia's RIA Novosti state news agency reported the veteran diplomat's death, citing the foreign ministry in Moscow.
"We grieve to announce that on August 23 in Khartoum the Russian ambassador to Sudan, M. Shirinsky, died," it said.
The press secretary at Russia's embassy, Sergei Konyashin, said there were signs the ambassador had suffered a heart attack.