Chile Opens Inquiry Into Salvadore Allende's Death Inquiry will examine whether Pinochet's troops killed him in '73 coup By Damon Albarn, Newser User Posted Jan 27, 2011 1:35 PM CST Promoted on Newser Jan 27, 2011 2:38 PM CST 6 comments Comments A demonstrator holds up a picture of late Chilean President Salvador Allende during a protest outside La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. (AP) (User Submitted) – Authorities in Chile are launching an investigation into the death of former President Salvador Allende in 1973. His body was found in the presidential palace after it was stormed by the forces of Augusto Pinochet, who launched the military coup that toppled the socialist Allende. The investigation will try to determine whether Allende committed suicide or was killed by Pinochet's troops, reports the BBC. An official autopsy concluded that Allende killed himself with a rifle given to him by none other than Fidel Castro, but this account is questioned by supporters. Click for more.