The following is a reformatted version of an e-mailed statement released today by the official Korean Central News Agency describing the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
“Leader Kim Jong Il had received medical treatment for his cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long period. He suffered an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock, on train on December 17, Juche 100 (2011) for a great mental and physical strain caused by his uninterrupted field guidance tour for the building of a thriving nation. Every possible first-aid measure was taken immediately but he passed away at 08:30 on December 17. An autopsy on December 18 fully confirmed the diagnosis of his diseases.”