Kim Jong-un is not dead, but several people have been posting about his “death” on social media. Not long after it was reported that K-Pop star Kim Jong-Hyun had died following an apparent suicide, social media started lighting up with posts that North Korea’s leader had passed away, people apparently confusing the two names.
According to E! News, Kim Jong-Hyun died on Monday. His unconscious body was discovered in an apartment in Seoul. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead. Early reports suggest that Jong-Hyun committed suicide, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Jong-Hyun is also known as Jonghyun. He was one of five members of SHINee, a popular K-pop group, which he joined in 2008. About seven years later, Jong-Hyun decided to go solo and released a couple of tracks including “Déjà-Boo” and “Crazy (Guilty Pleasure).”
Interestingly, there has been some chatter about Kim Jong-un’s whereabouts lately, and some people had been wondering if he was still alive. According to the Daily Star, there was a bit of curiosity surrounding the well-being of Kim Jong-un when he wasn’t on the guest list for the memorial service held in honor of his late father, Kim Jong-il. The site goes on to report that Kim Jong-un ended up visiting the mausoleum where his father’s body is laid to rest.
“It appears that the rotund ruler chose to visit a mausoleum in capital Pyongyang, to mark the sixth-year anniversary of his dad’s death. The bodies of his dad and grandad, Kim Il-sung, the founder of modern day North Korea, are laid in the mausoleum,” reported the Daily Star.
And this isn’t the first time that people wondered if Kim Jong-un was dead. Back in 2012, there were unconfirmed reports that he had been assassinated. It didn’t take long for social media to light up with posts about Kim Jong-un’s rumored passing. However, it was soon confirmed that he had not been killed.