Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-Il, died of heart failure on Dec. 17 at the age of 69, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

KCNA said on Dec. 19 that Kim died at 8:00 am on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" on during a "high intensity field inspection."

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in August 2008 ./.