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Chavez Funeral Details a Mystery Hours From Its Start

As leaders from 5 continents flock to Venezuela

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez's state funeral is today, and leaders from around the world have traveled to Caracas for the event—which is set to begin at 10:30am local time but whose details have been, per the AP , "shrouded in astonishing secrecy." At least 50 countries from five... More »

Chavez's Last Words: 'Please Don't Let Me Die'

Venezuelan leader died of a heart attack: official

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack, the head of his presidential guard said last night, and with his last words the Venezuelan leader expressed his desire to live. "He couldn't speak but he said it with his lips ... 'I don't want to die. Please... More »

Chavez's Legacy: Worthy of Praise or Scorn?

He was no Stalin, argues Greg Grandin

(Newser) - Don't call Hugo Chavez a tyrant or poisonous dictator, writes Greg Grandin in an in-depth look at Venezuela's recently departed leader in the Nation . Chavez may have been a strongman, but he submitted his leadership and his policies to the people 14 times during his 14-year rule, and... More »

What Now for Venezuela?

Power struggles loom after Chavez death

(Newser) - Venezuelans now have a final answer to questions about Hugo Chavez's health, but the leader's death has presented the country with a host of new uncertainties. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's chosen successor, is leading the country for now, but an election will be called within 30... More »

Leaders, Hollywood React to Chavez Death

'I lost a friend I was blessed to have' says Sean Penn

(Newser) - Reactions to the death of Hugo Chavez range from the jubilant to the devastated, with the most heartfelt tributes to the late Venezuelan leader coming from his allies in Latin America—and Hollywood.
  • "Chavez will continue to be an inspiration for all peoples who fight for their liberation,"
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Hugo Chavez: Good Riddance?

Division may be his biggest legacy

(Newser) - The death of Hugo Chavez has left opinions on the Venezuelan leader's rule as divided as ever. His achievements in lifting millions out of poverty are sure to see him remembered as one of Latin America's great socialists, but many point to his disrespect for democratic institutions and... More »

Chavez's Nuttiest Theories

Remember how capitalism killed life on Mars?

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times rounds up some of the more memorable declarations of the late Hugo Chavez , including:
  • Mars: He theorized in 2011 that the red planet once might have had life but that capitalism and "imperialism" arrived on the planet and killed it.
  • Cancer plot: He once speculated
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Hugo Chavez, in Images

Venezuelan leader dead at age 58

(Newser) - As the analyses start to filter in in the wake of the death of Hugo Chavez , the Huffington Post offers a slideshow of memorable moments from his life here . Reuters offers its version here . More »

Hugo Chavez Dead at 58

Venezuela's vice president announces the news

(Newser) - President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against US influence, and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died today at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in... More »

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