Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Dies

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Dies

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

(ABC News) Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's fiery and controversial socialist president who came to power on wave of popular sentiment and befriended some of the world's most notorious dictators, has died at the age of 58, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said today.

According to the ABC News report:

Chavez had been fighting cancer, recently seeking treatment at a clinic in Cuba.

A self-described champion of the poor who first tried to overturn Venezuela's powerful elites in a failed 1992 coup, Chavez was democratically elected in 1999, with huge support from the country's poor.

During his time in office, he became one of Latin America's most well-known and polarizing figures. A constant thorn in the side of the United States, he commanded headlines in newspapers around the world. A populist who suppressed free speech, he remained immensely popular among his country's poor.

 

 

Read the ABC News report HERE.