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