There are widespread reports suggesting Kim Jong-un is either dead or in a vegetative state (A chronic state of brain dysfunction in which a person shows no signs of awareness) following heart surgery. China had dispatched a team to North Korea to advise on Kim’s health, the media report said.
A vice-director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou claimed that Kim has already died, citing a “very solid source,” according to media reports. Separately, Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai reported he was in a “vegetative state,” after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month, and cannot recuperate. South Korean media outlet Monthly Chosun also reported the leader was in a coma.
Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai reported that Kim collapsed during a visit to a rural area in April. Kim reportedly required a stent procedure following the incident.
Shukan Gendai subsequently detailed how the surgeon in charge of Kim’s operation was not used to dealing with obese patients and was too nervous during the operation, leading to delays that left Kim in a “vegetative state.”
NORTH KOREAN RULER NOT SEEN FROM A LONG TIME
the North Korean ruler has not been seen in public since April 11 and was absent from the Day of Sun celebrations four days later. This absence is seen as significant, given that the importance of the day’s festivities as a celebration of Kim Il-sung, the founding father of North Korea, and Kim Jong-un’s grandfather.
This past Saturday he missed another national holiday, North Korea’s Military Foundation Day, in an absence that has increased the speculation around his health.