African Diplomat Found Dead at Millennium Hotel Near UN September 23, 2011 1:31pm
The Millennium Hotel at UN Plaza. (Flickr/Bosc d'Anjou)By Murray Weiss, Mary Johnson, Ben Fractenberg and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN — An African diplomat was found dead in a hotel near the United Nations Friday morning, sources said.
The man, who was in his 60s, was discovered unconscious and unresponsive at the Millennium Hotel, at 2 UN Plaza, at 10:40 a.m. after he failed to show up for a meeting, police sources said.
The Eritrean delegate was later pronounced dead. Fire officials said they responded to a call of a person found dead at 10:44 a.m. The permanent mission of Eritrea to the UN did not immediately respond to calls for comment.
The hotel also did not immediately comment.
No criminality was suspected in the incident and sources said the man died of natural causes. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
The UN maintains offices in the the building, but a spokeswoman said that the death had nothing to do with those offices or any others under UN control.
The General Assembly is in session this week.
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