NBA legend Dennis Rodman, who recently revealed his unlikely friendship with Kim Jong-un began at a boozy karaoke session, has fueled rumors of the North Korean leader’s ill health by suggesting that his sister has succeeded him.

Kim Yo-jong, Jong-un’s younger sister, made her first public statement in March, having long held the trust of her ruling sibling to inform policy behind the scenes and represent him at major global events including the 2018 Winter Olympic.

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The prominent political figure accompanied her brother to his two summits with US President Donald Trump and was even said to be acting as his “alter ego” amid mounting speculation around his health in recent months.

Jong-un appeared to have mysteriously disappeared from public view before a state-issued photo showed him opening a fertilizer factory earlier this month, but Rodman, who once drank vodka and sang with the supreme leader during a tour with the Harlem Globetrotters in 2013, is unconvinced.

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