N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69.

In a “special broadcast” Monday from the North Korean capital, state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a “great mental and physical strain” on Dec. 17 during a “high intensity field inspection.” It said an autopsy was done on Dec. 18 and “fully confirmed” the diagnosis.

Kim Jong-il Painting

2 responses

  1. Hey, I picked up the news from you first, before I saw the NY Times this morning.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

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