North Korean television announced in a “special broadcast” that its leader Kim Jong Il has died in Pyongyang, the AP reports.
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.
The Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s state news agency, paralleled that information. In a statement entitled “Kim Jong Il Passes Away (Urgent)”, it noted that he “passed away from great mental and physical strain”, passing away at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Additionally, in a separate article entitled ‘Medical Analysis of Kim Jong Il’s demise’, he suffered an “advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock.”
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North Korean State TV announces Kim Jong Il’s death