19 December 2011
Last updated at 15:27
North Koreans have been reacting to the news of the death of Kim Jong-Il, who had led the isolated communist nation since the death of his father in 1994.
State media said the whole country was engulfed in "indescribable sorrow", and showed hysterical people pounding the ground in a public display of grief.
School pupils and factory employees across the country gathered to mourn the "Dear Leader's" death.
Many North Korean wept openly as news of Mr Kim's death spread.
Actors at the Pyongyang National Theatre were shown crying, with many asking: "What shall we do now?"
Millions of North Koreans had been in mourning, the state news agency said, adding that a funeral for Mr Kim would be held in the capital Pyongyang on 28 December.
Some later gathered in Pyongyang's main square, holding pictures of Mr Kim
Mr Kim had been absent from public view for months and news of his death seems to have taken many in the country by surprise.
Some North Koreans abroad, like this woman in the Chinese capital Beijing, went to their country's embassies to express their condolences.
State media said that Mr Kim had died after a heart attack on a train near the capital, aged 69. He had been portrayed to North Koreans as a demi-god, and credited with superhuman powers of wisdom, leadership and military prowess.
State media described Mr Kim's youngest son Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s, as the "great successor" and urged North Koreans to unite behind him.