Heart attack ruled out in Kim Jong-nam's death

The investigation continues, and Malaysian mortuary officials say they are working hard to determine the cause of death.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Kim Jong-nam is seen in this file photo after his arrest in Japan in 2001.

The investigation into the death of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, continues in Malaysia after the country's director of health said the autopsy showed no evidence of a heart attack.

He was allegedly killed with poison-tipped needles by two women at Kuala Lumpur airport and died en route to hospital on February 13.

"The medical, legal specimens were handed over to the investigating police officer immediately after the postmortem examination to be sent to the accredited laboratories for analysis. These analyses are meant to confirm the identity of the deceased person and also the cause of death both which are still pending at the moment," Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a news conference on Tuesday.

Kim Jong-nam was the son of South Korean-born actress Sung Hae-rim, who was believed to have been a mistress of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

His mother died in exile in Russia in 2002. 

He was disowned after being arrested in 2001 while travelling on a forged passport.

He was said to have been trying to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Security has been bolstered at the hospital where his body is being held, and it's reported Kim's son will personally claim his father's remains.

TRTWorld and agencies