Kim Jong-il



Age: 70


Summary: North Korean dictator who turned his starving, isolated country into a nuclear-weapons power even while it sank father into despotism, and who had been grooming his youngest son Kim Jong-un (late 20s) to succeed him, but analysts feared the son's youth and relative inexperience could make him vulnerable to power struggles.



Cause of Death: Heart attack


Born: February 16, 1941


Died: December 17, 2011


Location: Pyongyang, North Korea