Kim Jong Il Dead And News Pics Around The World Today. There are many things going on in the world today and one of the most noted on Dec. 19, 2011 is the news of the enigmatic ruler of North Korea Kim Jong Il Death. If you were not aware of it Kim Jong Il died, at age 69 of a heart-attack, on December 17, 2011. All eyes of the world on North Korea now, watching and waiting to see what will come next. Will Kim Jong Il son,Kim Jong Un, take over and rule with the same hand that his father ruled the country with, or will he even take control, as there are powerful forces that may take over the regime, starting with his uncle. Only time will tell. Below are powerful pictures of todays events, then pictures and video relating to Kim Jong Il.