A rumour spread that his body was fed to dogs.
Was this rumour true?
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No, this rumour was false. It was debunked back in early 2014.
The Washington Post's Max Fisher writes a five-point takedown of the story that almost - almost - settles the question.
"The fact that the Western media have so widely accepted a story they would reject if it came out of any other country tells us a lot about how North Korea is covered - and how it's misunderstood," he writes.
NPR also referenced the Washington Post article [which is paywalled]. NPR listed several other reasons to be skeptical - in short, the reporting was too rapid, included unusual details and was too far-fetched to be believed.
The Guardian reported on a blogger (link no longer working) who found the original source of the rumour:
Yet as the US blogger Trevor Powell pointed out on Monday, the original report lifted the story nearly word-for-word from an 11 December social media post by Pyongyang Choi Seongho, a China-based satirist with millions of followers. The background of the personality's page on Tencent Weibo, China's second most popular microblog, shows a cartoon Kim Jong-un standing on a balcony flanked by military aides, his arms raised and his middle fingers extended. Choi's post includes all of the grisly details that made their way into the American press: Jang and five of his aides were stripped naked, thrown into a giant cage, and "entirely devoured" by 120 Manchurian hunting dogs that had been starved for three days. Kim conducted the hour-long spectacle himself before an audience of 300 North Korean officials, it added.