North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Is Dead

According to a “weeping television announcer,” North Korea’s 69-year-old leader “died from fatigue” while traveling by train on Saturday. An AP report at CBS News, however, hints at a different possible cause of death:

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but he had 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 communist country’s “Dear Leader” — reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine — was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

As usual, the story is breaking on Twitter first.

Via Nate Silver, a stunning photograph that tells you more about “how backward North Korea is” than a million words could.

It really is eerie that Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il died on the same weekend.

Also via Bethany, this is what North Korea has been like under Kim Jung Il.

In the interest of getting this up on the blog, I’ll post it now, although obviously the coverage even already is massive, and there is much more to say.

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