Fake photo shows Kim Jong Un lying in coffin amid death rumors
Rumors of Kim Jong Un’s death have been greatly exaggerated with this viral image that claims to show the North Korean leader lying in a coffin.
The photograph appears to be a doctored version of one that captured his late father Kim Jong Il at his 2011 funeral after his death from a heart attack, The Sun reported.
The image shows the man covered by a red blanket and with his head resting on a pillow.
Many social media posts have attributed the image to both Japanese network JNN and Hong Kong Satellite TV, although its actual origin was unclear, according to the UK outlet.
The Hong Kong outlet’s vice president sparked claims Kim was dead over the weekend, The Sun reported.
But a similar apparently doctored image of the diminutive despot in the coffin was first shared on Twitter in October 2017.
Kim’s recent absence from public view has prompted a wave of speculation about his health and possible demise, but top South Korean officials on Tuesday said their government knows his whereabouts.
During a White House briefing on Monday, President Trump said he knew how Kim is doing, adding that the American people could find out in the “not-too-distant future.”
“I can’t tell you, exactly — yes, I do have a very good idea, but I can’t talk about it now. I just wish him well,” the president said.
Kim hasn’t been seen publicly since April 11 and missed the April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his grandfather, North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung.
His failure to attend the event sparked conflicting reports that he could be in a vegetative state, dead, or — as South Korea says — is absolutely fine and had been staying “in the Wonsan area” on the North’s eastern coastline.
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