Kim's death was announced tonight by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.
In a 'special broadcast' today, North Korea's state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a 'great mental and physical strain' on Saturday during a 'high intensity field inspection.'
Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.
The South Korean military declared an emergency alert minutes after news of his death went public.
Traffic in the capital was moving as usual Monday, but the eyes of people in the streets were flooded with tears as they learned the news of Kim's death. Read More