December 19, 2011
Korea News Service/reuters/file
Kim Jong Il’s death, after a long illness, ended 17 years of rule over North Korea, the isolated country that his father founded.
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Workers looked through a special edition of a South Korean newspaper that reported Kim's death.
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Passengers on a South Korean bus watched the news of Kim Jong Il's reported death.
Kim was believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008. He met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) in August.
Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994.
In September 2010, he unveiled his third son, Kim Jong Un (first from left), as his successor.
Kim Jong Il (second from right) was said to have been born in 1942 on Mount Paekdu, one of Korea’s most cherished sites.
Kim met with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in October 2000.
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Kim Jong Il shook hands with then-Russian President Vladimir Putin in August 2002.
South Korea's President Roh Moo Hyun posed with Kim after a meeting in the North Korean capital in 2007.