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Reports emerged earlier this week that the North Korean leader was “gravely ill” following a heart procedure. Although that report has been disputed, Japanese media now claims that Kim is in a vegetative state following a stent procedure.

Reuters reported Friday that China dispatched a team which included several medical experts to North Korea following conflicting reports regarding Kim’s health.

The Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department departed for North Korea on Thursday. Those involved are keeping quiet about the nature of the trip, and even the sources that reported on the trip are keeping quiet regarding what it means for Kim’s current state.

TMZ reported around noon central time that the dictator often referred to as “rocket man” by President Trump was deceased but they were unable to confirm it.

Meanwhile Fox News reports “The U.S. government has extensive contingency plans in place for an eventual death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that factor in expectations of a mass-scale humanitarian crisis inside the country.”