An eagle-eyed Reddit contributor was the first to point out the man towering above other mourners as the funeral procession passed through the streets of Pyongyang.
Towering high above his fellow countrymen, the man is the only distinguishable feature in the neat rows of onlookers watching the funeral procession pass.
Appearing at least a third of a body height taller than the others around him, the man is believed to be North Korea’s NBA star Ri “Michael” Myung Hun, who is 235cm tall, The Huffington Post reports.
Once the tallest man in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Ri is North Korea’s only international basketball player.
Ri tried to play in the NBA in the ’90s but was banned by the State Department.
Others speculated that there was a growing height discrepency between those in the South and North due to lower living standards in the North since the split.