19 Dec '11, 3am

Kim Jong Il dies at the age of 69: N.Korea state TV

SEOUL (AFP, AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died, Pyongyang's state television announced on Monday. The veteran leader died on Dec 17 at 8.30am (7.30am Singapore time), a weeping announcer said. He was 69. The official news agency KCNA said Kim died on board a train during one of his field trips outside the capital. It called on North Koreans to follow Kim's son and designated successor Kim Jong Un. Kim, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.

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