Kim Jong-Il Is Dead at 69

(FILES) This undated file picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on September 13, 2009 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (L) inspecting the Combined Unit 597 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Navy and its combined maneouvers at an undisclosed location.  North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il on September 18, 2009 told a Chinese envoy that he was willing to engage in bilateral and multilateral talks on his country's controversial nuclear programme, Chinese state media said. AFP PHOTO/KCNA via KNS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: KNS/2009 AFP

Kim Jong-Il, the incredibly strange North Korean dictator, died on Sunday at the age of 69. The North Korean news agency said the cause of death was “a heart attack brought on by mental and physical fatigue.”

Most of the world is probably not too upset at the news, after years of nuclear brinksmanship and horrific famines. A wearer of four-inch lifts in his shoes, he reportedly gathered the shortest people in Pyongyang with the promise of a wonder drug, and then exiled them to uninhabited islands to die. But we’d be lying if we said we didn’t love writing about him. Like when he fooled Bill Clinton with an impersonator, or when he toured a soy sauce factory. We were delighted when Kim feigned interest in mundane things. We even recorded a conversation between the North Korean leader and … Michael Jackson.

We’ll see if his kids can keep up.