North Korean television announced in a “special broadcast” that its leader, Kim Jong Il, is dead. News of Kim’s death was made public on Monday, with officials indicating that he actually died two days earlier while riding a train. The country had begun transferring power to his son, Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s.
The Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s state news agency, issued several statements on Monday. A release titled “Kim Jong Il Passes Away (Urgent)” said that he “passed away from great mental and physical strain” at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. A separate article entitled “Medical Analysis of Kim Jong Il’s demise” added that Kim suffered an “advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock.” Kim reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008, but appeared relatively healthy on recent trips around Asia, which were documented by state media.
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