Also known as Dear Leader and Supreme Leader, died according to North Korean state television.

via CBS/AP:

Kim’s death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but 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. The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

He has already designated his son, Kim Jong-un, as his heir apparent. The Dear Leader took over the reigns in North Korea sometime between 1992 and 1994 after the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, who had ruled the country for 46 years.

Things just got more interesting.

I’ll do some updates, but not many.  Feel free to keep everyone informed in the comments.

Updates:  Follow Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) on Twitter or its website for best information of what is developing.  These are the types of tweets that send chills up my spine:

  • (URGENT) S. Korean military declares emergency alert following death of Kim Jong-il
  • (URGENT) S. Korean gov’t shifts to emergency footing on news of N.K. leader’s death