Kim Jong Un Rumored to be Dead
Kim Jung UN (Credit: Reuters/KCNA)
Just a few days after Kim was reported to have had compromised cardiovascular surgery, rumors are now surfacing that the Supreme leader of North Korea is dead.
The vice-director of HKSTV (Hong Kong Satellite Television) - a Beijing-backed broadcast network in Hong Kong - claimed that Kim was dead, citing a “very solid source.” Her post on the Chinese messaging app Weibo has been shared widely on social media, according to a report in the International Business Times.
Other unconfirmed reports, attributed to senior party sources in Beijing, said an operation to insert a stent went wrong because the surgeon’s hands were shaking so badly, after realizing the extent of the leader's condition due to obesity.
The North Korean dictator is in a “vegetative state” after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month, a Japanese magazine says.
The White House has yet to comment on these reports.