Is Kim Jong il dead? Recently there have been rumors that he has been dead since 2003 and that the current "Kim Jong il" is simply his body double who assumed his identity after his death. He is rarely seen but some known facts about him didn't add up to Japan university professor Toshimitsu Shigemura, who wrote a book "The True Character of Kim Jong il". This lead to some of these rumors. http://www.japantoday.com/category/...as-replaced-by-lookalike-says-waseda-profesor LIVENEWS.com.au > World > Is Kim Jong Il dead?