North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69.
An emotional announcement on state television said he had died of physical and mental fatigue. Later it was reported that he had had a heart attack while travelling on a train on Saturday.
All other programmes were cancelled and replaced by classical music. Pictures of the so-called ‘Dear Leader’ said to date from October were shown.
State media called his youngest known son, Kim Jong-un, a ‘great successor.’ Kim’s funeral is due to be held in Pyongyang on December 28.
In the North Korean capital, people were filmed crying at news of Kim’s death.The mourning is carefully choreographed, say critics of the regime, in scenes reminiscent of those that gripped North Korea when Kim Jong-il’s father died in 1994.