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North Korea: Kim Jong-il's death is announced on state TV

19 December 2011 Last updated at 03:39 GMT

North Korean television has announced the death of 69-year-old Kim Jong-il, who has led the communist nation since 1994.

He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.

The announcer, wearing black, made the emotional announcement, saying he had died of physical and mental over-work.