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Kim Jong Il Dead, North Korean State Media Reports (Photos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 19, 2011


North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, state television in Pyongyang has announced.

Kim, who was known as the “dear leader” by his people, reportedly died “from great mental and physical strain” on a train on Saturday 17 December.

Power in the nuclear-armed state is now expected to transfer to Kim’s son Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and was named as successor before his father’s death.

“All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

KCNA added in a release titled ‘Medical Analysis of Kim Jong Il’s demise’ that Kim suffered an “advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock.”

The leader, who took power in 1994 after the death of his father Kim Il-Sung, was reported to have suffered a stroke in 2008. However he had appeared relatively healthy on recent trips around Asia, despite reports he may have been suffering from cancer.

Kim’s funeral will be held in Pyongyang on 28 December, and his son will lead the funeral committee state media reported. There will be a period of national mourning from 17 to 29 December.

State media portrayed the reaction inside North Korea as one of deep sadness and shock. News announcers shook and wept as they announced the news.

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