Is North Korea Leader, Kim Jong-Un Dead?

North Korea supreme Leader

On May 15, NK news reported that massive portraits of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and his father, Kim Jong Il, were removed from the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital.

Since the massive portraits were removed without any warning nor ceremonies, it has sparked another round of rumors over the real condition of Kim Jong Un.

Is Kim Jong Un dead? 

A journalist from Daily Express, Roy Calley, said that aside from removing the portraits, a statue of Kim Jong Il has been secretly dismantled. Calley added that the square was renovated in 2012 right after the death of Kim Jong Il. He said that it is very interesting that the portraits were removed without any announcement.

Calley told Express.co.uk: “The last time that happened was when the place was being renovated following the death of the Dear Leader. The fact that portraits have been removed is very interesting. Kim Jong-un can’t have any statues or portraits unless he’s dead.”

In North Korea, leaders can’t have any statues or portraits made in their likeness until their passing. NK News added fuel to the fire after they showed satellite images of the viewing platform in the square. 

The platform is used by senior officials to watch military parades in North Korea, and the image showed that it has been demolished. The west side of the square has been closed so no vehicle could enter.

Kim Jong Un’s health 

Back in April, rumors spread around the world that Kim Jong Un had died after botched heart surgery. However, the rumors were immediately crushed after a video was released on May 2, showing Kim in Pyongyang, leading the opening of a fertilizer factory. 

The rumors about his health started when the 36-year-old leader was absent from the birthday celebration of Kim Il Sung, his grandfather, and founder of North Korea, on April 15. It puzzled a lot of people because he has never missed a massive holiday in the nation before. 

After missing the ceremony, he was not seen for three weeks, and political analysts said that the footage of him that was released on May 2 was not recent and it was only done to stop the rumors that he is dead.

However, Calley said that even though there were speculations surrounding the footage, there was no way of proving that it was not recent. He added that he also found everything suspicious. The fertilizer factory is just another factory found in Pyongyang, and he found it odd that they released the picture to the public. 

Every day, there is a picture of Kim released to the media that shows him attending events and opening businesses. However, Kim has not been seen for two weeks and has not released any interviews as well.

This led to speculations that all of the pictures and videos released were old and that Kim was already dead. According to political experts, if the Supreme Leader is dead, his sister, Kim Yo Jong, could be the next leader of North Korea. 

On May 15, there were reports that Kim Jong Un fired his head of security and the head of North Korea’s military intelligence agency. There were media reports that stated that Kim had also fired the commander of the Supreme Guard, who was in charge of Kim’s personal safety since 2010.

Twilight Star Gregory Tyree Boyce and Girl Friend Natalie Adepoju Found Dead in Las Vegas

Gregory Tyree Boyce, who was in the first Twilight film in 2008, has been found dead alongside his girlfriend.

Boyce, 30, played Tyler, who almost crashed his van into Bella before Edward stopped it with his bare hands.

Boyce’s girlfriend Natalie Adepoju was 27. Police said it was not a criminal incident, and the coroner said they were waiting for toxicology results.

Boyce’s brother Chris Wayne wrote on Facebook : “I wish you were still here bro. The world lost an awesome person.”

His mother Lisa Wayne wrote : “I’m sick without you. I’m torn, I’m lost. I’m in pain.

“I’d text you or call you when I was broken or worried about something, and you’d tell me, Ma, I got you, we’ll get thru this together. Boy. Why did you leave me?”

She added: “Never another hug, kiss or to hear those words, I love you again. I’m broken. I love you Greggy, my Hunny.”

She said Boyce and Adepoju were in the process of starting a chicken wings business with flavours named after west coast rappers.

‘So much life to live’

Boyce leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter, while Adepoju had a young son.

A GoFundMe page for Adepoju’s funeral said: “Natalie had so much life to live we are saddened that her life was cut short.”

The Clark County Coroner’s Office, which covers Las Vegas, confirmed the news to various US media outlets, telling USA Today the causes of death were pending toxicology results.

Police spokesman Larry Hadfield told the Las Vegas Review-Journal : “The incident was not criminal.”

Overloaded ventilator Explosion sent five covid 19 patients to their early grave

Five coronavirus patients assigned to be treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) were recently found dead in a Russian hospital due to an alleged fire explosion of an overloaded ventilator unit. Russia’s emergency ministry confirmed the deaths of the patients, and 150 people were evacuated in the hospital to protect the staff inside. 

Overloaded ventilator kills five COVID-19 patients in ICU

Photo : ICU Ventilator Ward

[BREAKING] Five COVID-19 Patients Died Due to Overloaded Ventilator Explosion

As first reported via Reuters, a hospital in the city of St. Petersburg in the country reported a fire explosion on Tuesday, May 12. 

The fire killed five COVID-19 patients that were located in the hospital’s ICU. Local reports said that an overloaded ventilator might have caused the fire. But investigations are still undergoing, as of today.

“Ventilators are at their limit. According to preliminary data, there was an overload, and the machine ignited, which caused the fire,” one source told the Interfax news agency. 

The Russian government did not confirm the official count of deaths due to the explosion but said that about 150 patients and staff were evacuated away from the hospital. 

Russia has older versions of ventilators

Reuters also reported this week that the Russian government has a ‘plentiful’ number of medical ventilators approximately 27 ventilators per 100,000 patients– compared to other countries lacking for this equipment like the United States with only more than 18 ventilators per 100,000 citizens. 

However, this doesn’t mean that they are already completely ready for the pandemic. The report says that most of Russia’s ventilators were old or even broken. 

Most of the ventilators were made in the year 1990s and lack of functionality with the newer models like screens that give the picture of the patient’s breathing process. 

“In Moscow, many (hospitals) may follow the best Western standards, and in some regions little has changed since the 1990s or the late Soviet times,” Alexander Baunov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center think-tank, wrote on Twitter on May 3. 

The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Russia rose by 11,656, as of Monday, a record daily increase, bringing the official total to 221,344.

Her Majesty the Queen sad news about Baby Archie

With the ongoing health crisis across the world, members of the British family have been forced to cancel their plans this summer — including Queen Elizabeth II who traditionally makes her annual pilgrimage to Scotland.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, have plans to visit the Balmoral Castle after they accepted Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to spend summer in her favorite residence. 

Sad News For The Queen

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have to push back their upcoming schedule with Her Majesty. 

“It seems unlikely that the Sussexes or any member of the royal family will be traveling this summer,” as cited by Hello! Magazine’s online correspondent Danielle Stacey. 

“The Queen is expected to remain at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future and it could mean that her traditional summer break in Balmoral might not even take place this year. It’s understood that Her Majesty is continuing to follow appropriate advice when it comes to engagements and she has been keeping in touch with family and friends by phone and video calls.”

Recently, the trio reportedly had a video call with Her Majesty the Queen to greet her on her 94th birthday, which she celebrated last April 21 in Windsor Castle. 

Her Majesty “Barely Saw” Baby Archie

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, together with their little tot Archie, are currently staying in an $18 million hilltop hideaway in Beverly Hills owned by the world-renowned producer and entrepreneur Tyler Perry. 

Unfortunately, it was reported that Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh last saw baby Archie when he was just two days old. 

The Queen and Prince Philip had to ditch Archie’s christening, two months after he was born, because of conflict with their schedule. 

Sunday Times also cited that when Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry returned to the U.K. to attend their last official royal engagement without baby Archie, it made the 94-year-old monarch “very sad” as they have not seen the tot for months.

“She will be very sad to have barely seen Archie and that he will miss out on growing up with his cousins and wider family,” a source told the news outlet. 

The Queen’s Annual Summer Vacation At Balmoral Castle

Queen Elizabeth II, together with her husband Prince Philip, usually spends her annual summer vacation in Balmoral Castle. 

Balmoral is the royal family’s private residence located in Aberdeenshire, which was originally purchased by Prince Albert in 1852. 

Unlike Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, Balmoral is a property owned by the royals and not by the Crown. 

It is where the Queen “is most happy” as she “really really loves the Highlands,” described by her granddaughter Princess Eugenie in the documentary “Our Queen At Ninety.”

Former royal family photographer Lord Lichfield mentioned that it is a place where the royals “act as normal people-to a point,” while former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair revealed that even the Queen does the dishes.

“You think I’m joking, but I’m not,” he mentioned.

Most powerful woman

“Powerful” is one of the words that come to mind when looking at Tim Okamura’s work. Born in Canada and based in Brooklyn, the contemporary artist paints portraits of predominantly African-American women. They are represented in poses where their presence is imposing, reflecting their strength and presence. With their heads held high, their eyes frank, they take their place in elaborate decors comprising a composition of different elements, sometimes natural with butterflies and plants, sometimes urban in front of a wall decorated with tags, for example. Her approach explores man’s relationship with identity. To do so, he uses a “unique method of paintings – one that combines an essentially academic approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media“.

Classified unseen documents reveals misery about the unsolved Murder of 2pac Shakur

Tupac Shakur’s haunting last words as he was bleeding to death have been revealed in bombshell police documents.

The files, which have been kept private for 24 years, have now been published and reveal the rapper spent his last moments worried about his friend Marion ‘Suge’ Knight

The documents also include an incident report about the shooting, crime scene analysis papers and statements from the attending police officers.

Knight was in the car with Tupac on the night of the shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

The music mogul was injured in the attack as he attempted to protect his pal, sustaining grazes from bullet which whizzed past his head.

He drove the fatally injured rapper to the hospital, and now the newly-published papers reveal the music star’s last words were asking about his friend’s condition.

Tupac told Knight: “You the one they shot in the head. You shot in the head.”

The superstar was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

The documents feature a transcript of Knight’s interview with police in which he described the attack.

The pair were driving along Las Vegas Boulevard on September 7 1996 when they stopped at a traffic light and were pelted with gun shots.

He told cops: “We was having conversation. We heard some gunshots. We looked to the right o

“Tupac was like tryin’ to get to the back seat.

“I grabbed him and pulled him down. It was about 15 gun shots. They hit my head. I grabbed him pulled him down…

“Everything happened so fast… I grabbed him pulled him down and topped him.

“I thought I got shot in my head, which I did.”

The pair were travelling with a security team at the time, with the bodyguards following them in a car behind.

In the interview, police officers asked Knight what they did to help and he expressed his anger that they didn’t offer more assistance during the shooting.

He said: “Your guess is as good as mine. The guy gets paid a lot of money to be protection.

“I don’t understand it to this day. This is one of the reasons Tupac and myself was more comfortable because we knew we had Tupac’s bodyguards behind this. That is the idea for them.”

In his statement, Knight also dismissed claims Tupac was carrying a gun at the time of the attack and insisted he didn’t see the shooters or have any clues about their identity.

The documents were released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department following a legal battle in 2017 when they were sued for failing to make them public.

Tupac’s murder remains unsolved till this days

Strangest and weird things weeks into Tupac’s death

Tupac Shakur’s last days in Vegas from the Mike Tyson fight to his time spent in the UMC, has always been surrounded by question marks. But, in this particular story shared by Napoleon, it was the days prior to Tupac’s passing that were also rather strange.

“He was in New York, ‘He was like Muh come into the room’. I went up to the room, he had a table with all his jewelry out. His Rolex watches, chains, and everything,” said Napoleon in an interview with The Art of Dialogue.

Tupac and the Outlawz were in New York for the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. A time in Hip Hop history where Tupac would give his famous Death Row East speech in Bryant Park during the Award show after party. “Do you believe in God. Well if you believe in God, believe in Death Row East,” Tupac said dressed in a white Death Row East T-shirt with his Euthanasia chain hanging from his neck.

Tupac insisting for Napoleon to take some of his jewelry. Napoleon hesitant to take Tupac’s best jewelry settled for a bracelet. “I was so shy, that’s my homie. I wasn’t about to take the fifty-thousand dollar watch,” Napoleon explains.

But, that was not all. Tupac would continue to encourage Napoleon to take more of his jewelry. The former Outlawz member got his hands on a ring and chain. Surprised by the gesture, Napoleon left the room and told the Outlawz members E.D.I Mean and Yaki Kadafi what had just happened.

Aside from giving away his Jewelry, Napoleon also recalls something else Tupac did right before his final days. “Even before he went to New York, he bought one of those portable cameras,” said Napoleon. “He bought like four or five of them, and he just came one day to us like, ‘We don’t have enough pictures. Let’s just take pictures’. So we was just going around taking pictures, and he never had done that. This was a week before he died.”

Keyshia Cole also once shared her own story about Tupac acting rather strange days prior to his passing. 

Appearing on the Steve Harvey show, Keyshia Cole reflected on the last time she spoke with Tupac. Keyshia spoke about Tupac giving her advice on guys, and telling her that one day she will be a star.

“Just giving me a lot of advice like don’t worry about things, you’re gonna be a huge star. You’re a beautiful person, and you gotta remember that guys are gonna want to love you because you’re beautiful, and also there’s gonna be another reason why they’re gonna hurt you. So, you just gotta stay focus. No matter what read, read, read. They can never take the knowledge from you.”

Although Shakur had promised to record a song with Keyshia, those final words to Keyshia Cole felt like Tupac knew he wouldn’t be around anymore. “It seemed like he was talking like he knew he wasn’t going to make it,” Keyshia explains to Steve.

These questionable and rather strange ways of Tupac Shakur still till this day are pondered upon by Napoleon. 

“Even till this day, I’m like why did he. We don’t have any explanation for it. It’s definitely something that I always think about. Did he feel something? Definitely it was strange for sure.”