North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

December 19th, 2011 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 19 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died, state-run TV announced Monday. He was 69.

Kim Jong-il’s death was announced in an emotional statement read out on national television. The announcer, wearing black, said he died Saturday of physical and mental over-work, the BBC reported. .

Kim Jong-il is believed to have suffered ill health for many years.

In April 2009, North Korea’s constitution was amended and now implicitly refers to him as the “Supreme Leader”.

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