North Korean leader's aunt commits suicide after husband's execution
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, has committed suicide according to as yet unconfirmed reports from Chinese sites. News about her has been scarce ever since her husband Jang Sung-taek was abruptly executed by the North Korean leader, but her suicide is still shocking because of the details revealed in the report.
Kim Jong-un's aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, was reportedly forced to divorce her husband, Jang Sung-taek, the day before he was executed. She appeared to be safe from the purge, but she has actually been kept locked up in a hospital. The few times when she was allowed to appear at certain events, her tongue was anesthetized so that she could not talk. Nevertheless, North Korean leaders announced to the public that she was promoted to a high-ranked political position.
Weighted down by the distress over her husband's execution and her long term depression following her daughter's suicide in Paris in 2006, Kim Kyong-hui was already showing signs of psychological problems and was constantly medicated. She was also chained in her room to prevent her from committing suicide. When she refused food and water she was kept alive with forced intravenous therapy.
Finally, when she went to the bathroom she bumped her head hard against the wall and died despite rescue efforts. Thus ends the life of a tragic figure in North Korea's top family.