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Kim Jong Il Dead

North Korean television announced in a “special broadcast” that its leader Kim Jong Il has died in Pyongyang, the AP reports. He was 69.

Kim’s death was announced Monday from the state capital of Pyongyang. He reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008, but appeared relatively healthy on recent trips around Asia, which were documented by state media.

Reuters adds that the country had begun transferring power to his son, Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s.

Michael Van Poppel tweeted that Kim was given as much first-aid attention as possible, but died at 8:30 a.m. according to the state television report.

via Kim Jong Il Dead: North Korea Leader Dies At 69.

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