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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies at 69

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's longtime leader, has died at 69 of heart failure, state TV reported on Monday in a "special broadcast." State media reported that Kim died on Dec. 17 of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" during a "high intensity field inspection." It said an autopsy was done on Dec. 18 and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis.

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A picture of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung, his first wife Kim Jong-suk and his son Kim Jong Il, is displayed at the Unification Hall at the West Seoul Life Science High School in Seoul.

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Feb. 26, 1993: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il acknowledges applause from the audience while attending a light-comedy show at a Pyongyang art theatre.

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Oct. 23, 2000: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright look at each other as they meet at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang.

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June 18, 2004: A national meeting is held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's start of work at the central committee of the Worker's Party of Korea.

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June 13, 2000: South Korean President Kim Dae-jung (L) poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a photo session at Baekhwawon State Guest House in Pyongyang.

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Dec. 19: A tearful announcer dressed in black announces the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on North Korean State Television.

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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies at 69

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's longtime leader, has died at 69 of heart failure, state TV reported on Monday in a "special broadcast." State media reported that Kim died on Dec. 17 of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" during a "high intensity field inspection." It said an autopsy was done on Dec. 18 and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis.

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