N. Korea’s Kim Jong-Il was “Team America” villain

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Kim Jong-Il

Kim Jong-Il

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, depicted as the leader of a violent terrorist plot in the 2004 marionette-animated comedy movie Team America: World Police, died Saturday of a heart attack, state media announced Monday. He was 69.

The leader “passed away from a great mental and physical strain” at 8:30 a.m. while on a train for one of his “field guidance” tours, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

Kim died of a “severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack,” the agency said, adding that an autopsy was performed Sunday.

In Team America, the international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability learns that Kim is brokering weapons of mass destruction to terrorists. The heroes embark upon a harrowing mission to save the world, eventually reaching the dictator’s palace. Kim was voiced by Trey Parker in the film.

Nuked, a 2007 episode of the Comedy Central series Lil’ Bush, had Lil’ Kim Jong-il in a schoolyard rivalry with Lil’ George, thus risking mutual annihilation.

The 2006 Super News! episode Jackass: N. Korea included Kim as a character.

In August 2008, the leader suffered a stroke which brought about impaired movement in his left arm and leg.

Although his funeral will be held December 28 in the capital, Pyongyang, no foreign delegations will be invited, KCNA said. A period of national mourning was declared from December 17 to 29.

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