North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.

Kim's death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Kim 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.

The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

The news came as North Korea prepared for a hereditary succession. Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994.

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  • http://twitter.com/francie57 Frances Ryl

    Is (s)he or isn't (s) he? North Korea will now be in better or worse hands?!

  • bpollen

    But did they determine if he 
    "Is morally, ethically, Spiritually, physically, Positively, absolutely, Undeniably and reliably Dead?"

  • http://twitter.com/neurrutia Nilda E. Urrutia

    Father, Son, then grandson? What is this, a monarchy?  Obviously being facetious, but when are the very poor, disenfranchised, hungry, people of North Korea going to wake up!

  • http://www.blondetwit.com/ Blondetwit

    Sooo...who gets his collection of elevator shoes?