“Malaysian police have said an unidentified North Korean man died on the way to hospital from the airport.
Recently, Kim is known to have traveled between Singapore and Malaysia. Malaysian police are tracking a female North Korean agent considered a suspect, according to reports.
Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong Il and the leader’s mistress, the actress Song Hye Rim, and was, for almost decade, seen as the likely successor in the DPRK’s hereditary political system. He was born in Pyongyang on May 10, 1971.
He was believed to fallen out of favor with his father in 2001 after a widely publicized incident in which he tried to enter Japan using a fake passport, purportedly so he could visit Tokyo Disneyland with his family.
After the incident, Kim Jong Nam was believed to have lived in semi-exile in China and Macau, and developed a reputation as something of a playboy – but also as a critic of his family’s rule.
In 2012, he told a Japanese journalist that he expected his brother to “fail” as North Korean leader, and called for economic reforms in his home country.
In comments carried by Choson Ilbo, Kim called the dynastic succession “a joke to the outside world” and said that the country’s political system “will not last long.”
In an interview with Finnish TV in 2012, Kim Jong Nam’s son Kim Han-sol expressed regret about North Korea’s human rights and called for the reunification of the Peninsula.”