Kim Jong Nam is the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He's been estranged from his family for several years. The eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Nam lost favor within his family after getting caught in Tokyo with a fake passport in 2001. He claimed he wanted to visit Disneyland. Since then, he's denied any interest in holding power in North Korea.
The morgue where Kim's body is supposedly held was broken into late at night, just days after his apparent assassination. Police say they have identified the would-be burglar, but they haven't revealed who it is.
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Kim Jong Nam arrives at Beijing airport in Beijing, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 11, 2007.
This combo shows a file photo (L) taken on May 4, 2001 of a man believed to be Kim Jong-Nam, son of the late-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, getting off a bus to board an All Nippon Airways plane at Narita airport near Tokyo and a file photo (R) of his half-brother, current North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House following a mass parade in Pyongyang on May 10, 2016. The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who has been murdered in Malaysia, pleaded for his life after a failed assassination bid in 2012, lawmakers briefed by South Korea's spy chief said on February 15, 2017. Jong-Nam, the eldest son of the late former leader Kim Jong-Il, was once seen as heir apparent but fell out of favor following an embarrassing botched bid in 2001 to enter Japan on a forged passport and visit Disneyland.
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A man (R) believed to be North Korean heir-apparent Kim Jong Nam, is escorted by police as he boards a plane upon his deportation from Japan at Tokyo's Narita international airport in Narita, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo May 4, 2001.
A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been assassinated in Malaysia, South Korean media reported on February 14.
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In a picture taken on June 4, 2010 Kim Jong-Nam, the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, waves after an interview with South Korean media representatives in Macau. Kim Jong-Nam was in the limelight with Seoul's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper carrying a snatched interview with him at a hotel in Macau. Jong-Nam declined knowledge of the warship incident, it reported, and said his father is 'doing well'. North Korean Leader Leader Kim Jong-Il on June 7 attended a rare second annual session of parliament at which Kim's brother-in-law was promoted and the country's prime minister was sacked, state media reported.
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This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam (C), walking amongst journalists upon his arrival at Beijing's international airport. The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who has been murdered in Malaysia, pleaded for his life after a failed assassination bid in 2012, lawmakers briefed by South Korea's spy chief said on February 15, 2017.
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BEIJING, CHINA: A man believed to be the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Nam, answers Japanese reporters' questions at the Beijing International airport, 25 September 2004.
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A man believed to be North Korean heir-apparent Kim Jong-nam emerges from a bus as he is escorted by Japanese authorities upon his deportation from Japan at Tokyo's Narita international airport May 4, 2001. Believed to be Kim Jong-nam, eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the man entered Japan with a forged passport on Tuesday, but was deported to China on Friday.
Two women have been arrested in connection with his death. Airport surveillance video shows them approaching Kim from behind and wiping something on his face. Royal Malaysia Police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said in a press conference that the women most likely new they were applying poison since one is seen rushing toward a bathroom, hands stiffly to her side, after approaching Kim.
According to early reports, the women claimed they were a part of a Japanese reality prank show, and their interaction with Kim was not intended to cause harm. He died later in a hospital.
Two men have also been arrested in connection with the death.
North Korean officials have claimed the body is not, in fact, their leader's estranged half brother, and argued against an autopsy. North Korean officials demanded Malaysia release the body.
Malaysia declined, citing their country's law requiring a medical examination of an apparent murder.