Kim Jong Un is reportedly dead. The Supreme Leader of North Korea has passed away, according to a story from TMZ, based on information sourced from Weibo (Editor’s note: TMZ has updated its story to reflect that the outlet has not confirmed the reports of Kim’s passing).
Kim has led the nation, known officially as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), since 2011, when he succeeded his father Kim Jong Il. Kim is the grandson of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and only the third leader in the DPRK’s history. According to a Japanese magazine cited by TMZ, the North Korean leader’s condition worsened following a failed heart surgery.
The announcement comes following a flurry of conflicting reports surrounding Kim’s health. On Monday evening, reports began to circulate that Kim was in “grave danger” following a previous surgery and that the American government was monitoring his health, per CNN.
However, South Korean officials responded to the news by saying “no unusual signs supporting reports about his health conditions have been detected.”
Since then, as The Inquisitr detailed, several reports from the region have suggested that Kim’s health had taken a turn for the worse.