North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, rumored to be dead.

Kim Jong Un was said to have undergone a heart surgery after collapsing during a countryside visit.
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Kim Jong Un is rumored to be dead, according to a report from a Hong Kong broadcasting network, HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television.

The North Korean leader was said to have undergone a botched heart surgery after collapsing during a visit to the countryside earlier this week.

According to a post by the vice director of HKSTV (which happens to be a Beijing-backed broadcast network in Hong Kong), she claimed that Kim was dead, citing reports from 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.

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Kim Jong Un pays a visit to the countryside.

Another Japanese magazine however, is reporting that the North Korean leader is in a “vegetative state”.

While there is no official proof of the dictator’s death, the hashtag #KimJongUndead was trending on twitter on Friday following the report.

Jia Suriyanto
Indonesian Journalist at News Asia Today. I cover the latest news and stories on Indonesia, particularly on business.