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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at 69

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.

A spokesperson at the Unification Ministry confirmed to NBC News that Kim died on Saturday.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, but he had… Read more


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