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A spokesman confirms Gov. Carlos Soria's death, but does not provide additional details

State media reports that he was shot in the face

Soria, 61, became governor in Rio Negro in December

(CNN) —  

Authorities were investigating Sunday after a gunshot wound to the face killed the governor of Argentina’s Rio Negro province, state media reported.

The shooting occurred around 4:45 a.m. Sunday in Gov. Carlos Soria’s official residence, the state-run Telam news agency reported.

A province spokesman confirmed his death, but did not provide additional details about the shooting, the agency said.

Soria, 61, became the provincial governor December 10 after a political career that spanned decades and included stints as a national lawmaker and the head of Argentina’s intelligence agency, Telam said.

CNN’s Claudia Dominguez contributed to this report.