The Russian Federation confirmed Churkin's death Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin has died suddenly in New York.

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed Churkin’s death early Monday afternoon.

Churkin, who has been Russia’s representative to the UN since 2006, would have turned 65 on Tuesday.

“The outstanding Russian diplomat died while he was in his current working role,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We offer our condolences to the relatives of Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin.”

Before being appointed as the Russian ambassador, Churkin served as ambassador to Belgium, ambassador to Canada and liaison ambassador to NATO.

He also was the “ambassador at large” in the Foreign Ministry in the 2000s.

According to the Foreign Ministry, he was at the Russian embassy in Manhattan when he suffered a “cardiac condition” around 9 a.m. Eastern time. He was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital where he died.

Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Yevgeniy Zagaynov said Churkin kept working “till the very end.”

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