Hugo Chavez Is Dead at 58, informs VP

March 5, 2013 |

mas-chavez-3longHAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, 58, passed away on Tuesday at a Caracas military hospital, Vice President Nicolas Maduro told a national radio and TV audience.

The announcement was made from the Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas where the recently reelected president was taken upon his return from Havana, Cuba two weeks ago.

Maduro said that Chávez had died after having battled cancer since 2011. He was operated on four times in Cuba in the doctors’ attempt to defeat the desease.

Just before noon, Maduro had met with the top brass of the Venezuelan military and governors of 20 states.

The vice president also announced the expulsion of two US military attachés for conspiring to destabilize the country.

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  • Moses Patterson

    Maduro, just moments ago, blamed the US for “attacking Chavez with this cancer”. And so it begins…

    • Christian Mattner

      Why don ´t you shut up..
      Have some respect for a change!

      • Moses Patterson

        Respect is earned, not demanded.

  • Very sad day indeed with tears in my eyes.

    President Hugo Chávez has at died 4.25 pm, the best homage is to defend is complete the revolution – socialism or death, in Venezuela and worldwide.

    • Mark G

      “Socialism or death?” Please explain how this works.

  • Luis

    Right-wing necrophilic vultures coming in and popping’ the champagne in 3, 2, 1…

  • mishkamo

    Long live his dream of bettering the lives of the poor and dispossessed of Venezuela.
    Rest in peace!

  • Hubert Gieschen

    The death of a human being should always be a time for sombre reffection. I cannot say that I was a fan of Hugo Chavez Frias beginning with the derogatory tone with which he alluded to those who stood in his way including socialists and trade unionists to his alliance with some of the most chauvinistic enemies of true socialism from Ahmedinejad to Saddam Hussein and Muammar al-Gaddafi. Still, I cannot help thinking how ironic it is that he dies just after winning that third term in office. He fought so hard to have the second re-election prohibition removed from his own constitution.I wonder if he had reconciled himself with two presidential terms he may not have contracted cancer the way he did. A lesson for Cuba, a lesson for all of us, never think yourself irreplaceable. Ojala que la gente en Venezuela y la gente en Cuba tengan un futuro mejor.

  • rob

    This will undoubtedly be a turning point for Venezuela, and one hopes they are able to navigate through this without any violence or retribution. No doubt the U.S. will be eager capitalize.
    But sadly, and no disrespect to Venezuelan peoples who genuinely adore Hugo, I think that the so called revolutionary process might be better off without Hugo, as he was nuts. In saying that i mean no disrespect to the recently departed. Just an observation. Best wishes to the people of Venezuela.

  • Paul Dionne

    May he rest in peace in the arms of The Lord and of the Virgin Mary. Hugo Chavez was a great Bolivarian, a great socialist, and man who truly loved his people. He will be missed in his home country and also by people who believe that there is a future for humanity

  • LARRY

    HE WAS A GOOD MAN AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED,HE HELPED CUBA FAR MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY AND NOW THE CUBAN PEOPLE WILL NEED TO LEARN OF THEIR FATES AS FAR AS THE URGENCY FOR THE OIL THAT RUNS THEIR COUNTRY THANKS TO HUGO CHAVEZ

  • Grady R. Daugherty

    This is not the time to point out possible, or presumed political errors on Hugo’s part. It is a time to mourn his passing. He is a hero of the people, and will be sorely missed.