KIM Jong-un is at death's door after a terrified surgeon botched a heart op because his hands were trembling so much, claim unconfirmed reports.
A Japanese weekly magazine alleges the portly North Korean leader is now in a "vegetative state" after the routine stent procedure went horribly wrong.
Other unsubstantiated reports claim Kim – not been seen since April 11 – has died and his death is being kept quiet.
The magazine – Shukan Gendai – cites a Chinese medic believed to have been sent over the border to assess Kim.
The report hints a delay in having the heart surgery has left Kim in a "grave condition".
It's also claimed a team was dispatched from Beijing in the wake of the failed op but arrived too late to save him.
It's reported the procedure to insert the stent failed because the North Korean doctor's hands were shaking uncontrollably.
Weekly newspaper Shukan Gendai claimed Kim was visiting the countryside when he clutched his chest and collapsed.
A member of his entourage gave him CPR and escorted him to hospital.
Kim's health has been subject to much speculation – with the dictator believed to weigh 20 stone while standing 5ft 6in.
This would give him a BMI of 44.9 and classification of morbidly obese.
Intelligence services have claimed Kim is a prolific binge eater, drinker and smoker – all having major impacts on his health, including reports he has diabetes.
He has an allegedly legendary appetite, gorging himself on Swiss cheese and other rich food while drinking as many as ten bottles of wine in a night.
The rotund ruler has also previously battled gout, and is said to at times need to walk with a cane.
Both his dad Kim Jong-il and granddad Kim Il-sung died of heart attacks
Claims of the surgery followed days of speculation over the health of the 36-year-old, not seen publicly for two weeks.
Chinese journalist Shijian Xingzou said a “very solid source” told her the North Korean leader had died.
She has 15 million followers on Chinese social media site Weibo, and she is also the niece of one of the the country's foreign ministers.
Kim was last seen on April 11 at a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party to discuss the coronavirus threat.
On Tuesday Daily NK, an online newspaper based in South Korea, claimed the surgery was on April 12.
It forced him to miss the national birthday celebrations of his late grandfather and North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung.
But South Korean officials reported no unusual activity within its neighbour, and President Trump later said he thought the reports of Kim’s ill-health were “incorrect”.
It is unclear what would happen if Kim — in charge of North Korea since 2011 — is sidelined by health problems or dies.
North Korea has yet to give any meaningful indication of who would succeed him as leader.
His sister Kim Yo-jong would most likely emerge as a possible leader, but there could be a violent power struggle in a country where internal dissent is crushed.
Speaking on Friday, a South Korean government source reiterated that their intelligence was that Kim was still alive and should be making an appearance soon.
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