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North Korea: Nation in grief for Dear Leader

(Shanghai Daily)

08:08, December 20, 2011

Pyongyang residents mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. The Dear Leader died of heart failure on Saturday at the age of 69 while carrying out official duties on a train trip. North Koreans marched in their hundreds to landmarks in the capital to mourn Kim, many crying uncontrollably and flailing their arms in grief over news of the death. North Korean state media proclaimed his twenty-something son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un as the "great successor." China sent a message of condolence and offered steadfast support to his son and successor.
(Shanghai Daily Photo)

NORTH Koreans marched in their hundreds to their capital Pyongyang's landmarks to mourn Kim Jong Il, many crying uncontrollably and flailing their arms in grief over news of the death of their Dear Leader.

State media proclaimed his twenty-something son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un the "great successor."

After 17 years in power, Kim died of heart failure on Saturday at age 69 while carrying out official duties on a train trip.

Kim died "from a great mental and physical strain," the Korean Central News Agency reported. Kim, who had received medical treatment for cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases over a long period, suffered "an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock" on the train, it added.

The report said that every possible first-aid measure was taken immediately, which failed to save Kim's life, adding that an autopsy was done on Sunday and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008.

On the streets of Pyongyang, people wailed in grief, some kneeling on the ground or bowing repeatedly. Children and adults laid flowers at key memorials.

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