Kim Jong-il, North Korea's Dear Leader, died on Saturday.
The news was delivered to North Koreans by a female state television reporter in a Mao-esque black shirt. Sitting in front of the image of a mountain surrounded by a forest, the crying and quivering newscaster told the country that Kim died of a sudden illness.
That illness is being reported as severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack, which occurred while riding on a train.
Reports from North Korea show an utterly distraught public, while state television was devoted to photos of Kim through the years, as well as footage of North Korean landscapes.
Below, is the Korean Central News Agency's verbose, praise-filled obituary for the fallen dictator:
Kim Jong Il, supreme incarnation of the revolutionary moral obligation, set a great example in perpetuating the memory of President Kim Il Sung unknown in human political history, thus making sure that the august name of the President, his undying revolutionary career and exploits always shine along with the eternal history of Juche Korea.
Kim Jong Il, great master of politics and illustrious commander born of Heaven, honorably defended the socialist gains, noble heritage bequeathed by the President, by dint of Songun politics despite the collapse of the world socialist system, the demise of the President which was the greatest loss to the nation, the vicious offensive of the imperialist allied forces to stifle the DPRK and severe natural disasters.
He turned the DPRK into an invincible political and ideological power in which single-minded unity has been achieved and made it emerge a nuclear weapons state and an invincible military power which no enemy can ever provoke.
True to President Kim Il Sung's behest, Kim Jong Il set a gigantic goal to build a prosperous and powerful country and led an all-people general advance for attaining it, thus making the drive for a great revolutionary surge rage throughout the country and bringing about great innovations and leap forward on all fronts of socialist construction.
(Translation from The Guardian)