Dennis Rodman has claimed the world will know that something is wrong with Kim Jong-un when his sister appears on TV.
The NBA star developed an unlikely friendship with the despot and visited North Korea in 2013, where he and Kim became “lifelong friends”.
Rumors of the dictator’s health are circulating after he underwent heart surgery earlier this year.
Speculation reached fever when he missed state founder Kim Il-sung’s birthday on April 15.
One report even suggested that he was in a “vegetative state” after surgery.
Some have suggested that Kim was absent during a period of rehabilitation after plastic surgery.
He has since made limited appearances, with many speculating that a body double could take his place.
Kim has already been said to be in poor health overall, being a heavy smoker and morbidly obese – making him more prone to major health problems.
Rodman was asked about Kim’s health while promoting the new Netflix documentary The Last dance about the Chicago Bulls quest for their sixth NBA title in 1997.
Piers Morgan appeared on Good Morning Britain and grilled Dennis about his friendship with Kim.
When asked about Kim Dennis replied: “I do have communication with North Korea, but I can say this – if you see his sister on TV who runs the country, now you know something is wrong, that’s all I you are going to give. “
Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, is believed to be his successor in the event of death.
She has risen through the ranks of the Communist Workers’ Party of Korea and has previously stood before her brother in October 2014 due to her ill health and has played a close supporting role ever since.
Dennis spoke to the New York Post about her and added, “His sister was a sweetheart.
“Then she was very nice to me [I was a] guest.”
Dennis, 58, told the US newspaper earlier this month that he believed Kim was still alive, saying his headline-grabbing health challenge “probably wasn’t much.”
He added, “I’ve been there with dignitaries who were reportedly dead here.
“I don’t believe the North Korean news until I hear it from their side.
“I think the fact that they keep to themselves in many ways gives the media the opportunity to talk with rumors at times.”