A former US sergeant who defected to North Korea becoming Pyongyang's prisoner for nearly 40 years, Charles Jenkins has died at the age of 77 on Monday and the cause how he died was revealed as his heart problems, 11 December, multiple sources have confirmed.
Charles had been living in Japan where he had settled with his family after his 2004 release. He was among four US soldiers who defected in the 1960s and later became stars of North Korean films but was the only one who was released.
Charles Jenkins, US Soldier Who Defected to North Korea, Dies At Age 77
The others reportedly died in North Korea, including James Dresnok who was believed to have died of a stroke in 2016. Charles Jenkins died on Sado island where he was living with his wife Hitomi Soga, also a former prisoner of North Korea.
Japanese reports said Charles collapsed outside his home and later died of heart problems in the hospital. According to AFP news agency, Charles' wife said in a statement that she was "very surprised" by his death and "cannot think of anything".