Kim Jong Il, 1941 - 2011
Via the Korean Central News Agency:
Pyongyang, December 19 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, passed away from a great mental and physical strain at 08:30 December 17, 2011, on train during a field guidance tour.
Image: The Economist, June 2000.
Beautiful image. Here’s how the White House reacted to his death: “We are closely monitoring reports that Kim Jong Il is dead. The President has been notified, and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan. We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies.”
I kept my own copy of this Economist cover pinned to the wall of my cube at CNN. It came after the Dear Leader had suddenly appeared on TV, giving interviews and generally making himself a presence in the media. The Economist cover captured perfectly the feeling of this moment.