Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that Russia’s ambassador to Sudan Mirgayas M. Shirinskiy was found dead in a swimming pool in his home in Khartoum, on Sunday.
The cause of his death remains unclear, however the ambassador was known to have suffered from high blood pressure. The 62 year old diplomat was found dead at his residence around 6pm local time, Russian sources confirmed.
Shirinsky previously served at Russia’s embassies in Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Rwanda.
A number of high ranking Russian diplomats died in the past year, including Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin who died suddenly in New York, possibly from a heart attack.
Another Russian diplomat in New York, Sergei Krivov, was found dead at the Russian consulate in November last year.
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov was assassinated in a terrorist attack during an exhibition in Ankara.
The Sudanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs expressed its condolences to Russia and praised Shirinsky’s “friendly and sincere efforts to develop relations between the two countries and their peoples in various fields.”
Shirinsky started his diplomatic career in 1977. He also served as Russia’s ambassador to Rwanda from 2006 to 2013.