North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il Life & Death Facts

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died of heart failure and reports indicate that his youngest son Kim Jong-Un is due to take power. The consequences: The heir gets the access to:

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  • a nuclear arsenal 
  • fierce-if-antiquated conventional forces
  • a strategic alliance with China
  • world's worst inflationary catastrophe since Weimar.
Some facts about North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's Life History and News of his Death:
  • Kim Jong-il was was born on January 8 in 1982 or 1983
  • Kim Jong-il was 69 at the time of his death
  • He is the son of Ko Young-hee -- the Dear Leader's third and most attractive concubine
  • The boy speaks French, English and German, having attended the International School of Berne (under the pseudonym Chol Pak)
  • He used to have a great sense of humor
  • He idolized Michael Jordan and played basketball himself, despite being overweight and only 5 foot 6
  • He idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • He is credited with initiating two industrial speed campaigns: the 150-Day and 100-Day Battle. He also has accompanied his father on factory tours
  • He attended a North Korean military academy, and holds an unnamed post at the State Security Department
  • His nickname is Beloved Comrade or Captain Kim... following father Dear Leader and grandfather Great Leader (pictured)
  • He has a theme song known as "Footsteps"
  • In a "special broadcast" on on Dec 19 2011 from the North Korean capital, state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" on December 17 during a "high intensity field inspection." An autopsy was done on Dec 18 and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis.
  • 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. 
  • He was also known as the communist country's "Dear Leader" 
  • Kim Jong-il was reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine 
  • He was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.
  • South Korea put its military on "high alert" and President Lee Myung-bak convened a national security council meeting after the news of Kim's death. 
  • The news came as North Korea prepared for a hereditary succession. 
  • Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994.
  • In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.
  • Asian stock markets moved lower amid the news, which raises the possibility of increased instability on the divided Korean peninsula.