Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport after being attacked by two women with “poisoned needles,” according to local TV reports.
The two women, believed to be North Korean agents, escaped in a taxi and remain at large, TV Chosun reported.
Yonhap News, citing a South Korean government source, also reported Mr Kim had been killed.
Malaysian police told Reuters an unidentified North Korean man died en route to hospital from a Kuala Lumpur airport.
The police said the man’s identity had not been verified.
An employee in the emergency ward of Putrajaya hospital told the agency a deceased Korean there was born in 1970 and surnamed Kim.
A source close to the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office confirmed Mr Kim’s death to the BBC, adding that his body was now undergoing an autopsy.
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