Of all the explanations the North Korean news agency could’ve used in explaining the Great Leader’s death, it chose fatigue. Kim Jong Il just got tired and died while doing the work of the people. Or something like that. The official explanation reads,
In the whole period of his protracted revolutionary guidance, he valued and loved the people very much and always shared weal and woe with them. He continued to make difficult forced march for field guidance, making unremitting efforts and working heart and soul to build a thriving country and improve the standard of people’s living. He died from repeated mental and physical fatigue on a train in that course.
I guess the mental fatigue consisted of how to continue running a police state while starving his nation to death—it’s not easy. But as I noted on weeklystandard.com, the fatigue line reminded me of how publicists had to carefully handle explaining the death of Elvis Presley. (He went upstairs to rest and passed away. This, a hearty game of racquetball—he was so fit!)