Who was Jan Hecker? Biography/Wiki
Jan Hecker, the German Ambassador to China, died unexpectedly less than two weeks after starting his new job in Beijing.
On Monday, Germany’s Foreign Ministry confirmed his death. Hecker, a former foreign policy assistant to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, started on August 24.
According to German news site Deutsche Welle, Hecker arrived in Beijing with his wife and three children on August 1.
He was 54 years old.
Hecker served as Merkel’s foreign policy adviser from 2017 to 2018, and then as Director of the Department of Foreign Policy, Security, and Development Policy.
He was Germany’s 14th ambassador to China.
Cause Of Death
The reasons behind his death have yet to be revealed.
Hacker’s death was not linked to his diplomatic work, according to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Merkel released a statement in a statement on Monday. The statement read, “I am profoundly shaken by Jan Hecker’s death,”
“I mourn for a highly valued, longstanding adviser of deep humanity and outstanding expertise.”
“I think with gratitude of our work together and am happy to have been so closely tied to him for years. My deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, his children and his other loved ones in their immeasurable grief.”
Would like to express my deepest sorrow over the sudden demise of #JanHecker. He was an outstanding person whom I had an opportunity to meet in person during my visits to Germany. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues! pic.twitter.com/spcRAUYaYt
— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) September 6, 2021
When questioned about his death, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed his sympathies.
He said, “We are shocked to learn about the sudden death of Ambassador Hecker, who had been working actively to promote China-Germany relations since assuming his post,”
JUST IN: Germany’s ambassador to #China, Jan Hecker, has died – just days after he started his work in Beijing. @GermanyDiplo has not commented on the cause of death. Hecker was 54 years old and previously worked as an advisor to chancellor Angela Merkel. pic.twitter.com/UXEz876kU2
— Mathias Peer (@mpeer) September 6, 2021