Kim Jong Il, birth name Yuri Irsenovich Kim (According to Soviet records)(16 February 1941 (Soviet records) or 16 February 1942 (North Korean records) – 17 December 2011), was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
He was the Chairman of the National Defence Commission, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the ruling party since 1948, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth largest standing army in the world. In April 2009, North Korea's constitution was amended and now implicitly refers to him as the "Supreme Leader"
It was reported on North Korean state television on 19 December 2011 that Kim Jong-il had died in Pyongyang. The tearful presenter announced that he had died two days earlier of "physical and mental over-work". AFP reported that he had died on a train, whilst travelling.
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