Kim Jong-nam died en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur global airport on Monday, police said, adding that they had not yet confirmed the cause of death.
But a Malaysian official claimed he had been sprayed with a liquid in a shopping area and, complaining of pain, he tried to get help at an information counter before being taken to the airport clinic. When his condition didn't improve, he was taken in an ambulance to a hospital.
He said Seoul should "urge the Malaysian government to promptly identify the truth of the case and present it to the worldwide community".
Who was Kim Jong Nam?
Kim Jong Nam was believed to be close to his uncle, Joang Song Thaek.
Kim told Yoji Gomi the country would collapse without reform, but reform would lead to the collapse of the Kim dynasty, while noting his brother would be little more than a puppet figure, used by the ruling elite. This speaks to just how poorly understood North Korea remains, despite both increasing global scrutiny and an ever-growing body of information escaping from the country. Back in 2012, when at school in Bosnia, he labelled his uncle Kim Jong-Un a "dictator" in an interview. However, in 2001 he fell out of favor after he was seized by Japanese authorities at Narita Airport, accompanied by a boy identified as his son, for trying to enter the country on a forged Dominican Republic passport.
Sung Hae-rang, the sister of Kim's deceased mother Sung Hae-rim, has written in her memoir that his father was extremely fond of him and was pained to be away from him.
Senior Malaysian police have confirmed that a North Korean man died in transit to hospital from the airport.
It is not clear when he left North Korea, but Kim Jong Nam spent time living in Macau and China and was absent from his father's funeral in 2011, fueling earlier rumors that he had been banished from the country.
It could be that Kim Jong Un, who is only 33, was in the end stages of consolidating his leadership. The exact details are, again, murky.
Jong-nam, 46, was holding a passport under the name of Kim Chol.
At one point, Kim Jong-nam was slated to succeed his father Kim Jong-il as North Korea's leader.
Kim Jong-nam may have invited his half-brother's ire by criticizing him publicly. He was quoted by Japanese media in 2010 as saying he opposed "dynastic succession". During his father's lifetime, Jong Nam urged more openness in the North Korea, whereas Kim Jong Il said that, "If you want openness, open a window".
Jong-Nam and his family afterwards lived in virtual exile in Macau, Singapore and China.
Kim Jong Nam was estranged from his younger brother, the North Korean leader.
What about the suspects? .
According to a cable television network in Seoul, two North Korea operatives poisoned Kim at a Kuala Lumpur airport.
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