Images of crowds of mourners wailing and thousands of troops lined up to pay their final respects to Kim Jong-Il have become synonymous with the death of the North Korean leader.
But one picture, captured as the funeral procession passed through the capital Pyongyang, has revealed a bizarre oddity.
A close up of the back row of one block of soldiers lined up in the Kumsusan Memorial Place yesterday appears to show a man towering above other mourners.
The soldier, who appears to be well over 8ft tall, is shown from a number of different angles in images caught by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The strange image has fuelled much speculation on the internet as to the identity of the mystery mourner.
Some have suggested that the figure is North Korean basketball star Ri Myung Hun, who stands at 7’ 9” tall.
The 44-year-old sportsman once held the title of the world’s tallest man.
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