China sent teams including medical experts to North Korea to advise on Kim Jong Un amid conflicting reports about his health. Hong Kong-backed news channel’s vice director — who’s apparently the niece of a Chinese foreign minister — blasted out the news herself … “he’s dead”.
The woman put the report on a social media app called Weibo for her nearly 15 million followers to read, citing a “very solid source” about the claim Kim had, in fact, perished. A Japanese magazine reports he’s in a “vegetative state” after a heart surgery gone wrong.
The outlet reports — citing a Chinese medical expert privy to the situation — that Kim had clutched his chest in early April and fell down while visiting the countryside there. He needed a stent procedure done, but apparently … it either wasn’t done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon — with some reports saying he had shaky hands.
Saturday marks a major military anniversary in North Korea, where they celebrate the founding of the Korean People’s Army in 1932 — something they hype annually with a parade, and one in which Kim might normally make an appearance.
International reporters on the ground say if Kim was doing alright and not on death’s doorstep, he and his team would figure out a way for him to show up to squash the rumors.
If he doesn’t, it’s probably not a good sign … almost all but confirming something is wrong.