North Korea’s current dictator has died. State television gives the cause of death as—and this is not a joke—exhaustion from working too hard. Kim succeeded his father in 1994 and has indicated that his third son is to take over the responsibility of oppressing the North Korean people. —PZS
Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.
The announcement came in an emotional statement read out on national television.
The announcer, wearing black, said he had died of physical and mental over-work.
As brutal as his reign was, Kim Jong Il was often a source of humor to a public that enjoyed mocking his eccentricities. Here he is parodied in puppet form as the villain in “Team America: World Police.”