Kim Jong-il Died of Heart Attack

Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Service / AP Photo

In this April 25, 2002 photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, distributed by Korea News Service, leader Kim Jong Il salutes the military parade by the Worker and Peasant Red Guard that celebrates the 90th anniversary of leader Kim Il Sung and the 70th anniversary of (North) Korean People's Army.

After 17 years in power, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il met his end while riding a train on Saturday—an apparent heart attack. The announcement came Monday morning on Korean state television from a woman wearing black, and people began crying in the streets of Pyongyang as they learned the news. Kim’s funeral is planned for Dec. 28 to coincide with a long period of national mourning, from Dec. 17 (when he died) until the 29th. His body will be placed in the same mausoleum where his father Kim Il-sung’s corpse is on public display, according to The New York Times. The Guardian’s obituary covers the basics of Kim’s life, though you may also want to check out excerpts of the official North Korean obit, such as “He turned the DPRK into an invincible political and ideological power in which single-minded unity has been achieved.”