After a battle with cancer that resulted in severe respiratory illness, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died.
The last time we spoke about President Hugo Chavez, he was celebrating his recent electoral victory. Now, after a battle with cancer and a recent but severe respiratory illness, Hugo Chavez has died.
The 58 year-old Venezuelan leader won the presidency in 1998 and recent was re-elected for another six-year presidential term this past October. Chavez was known for being one of the most vocal and controversial leaders in Latin America. During the course of his life, the United States attempted to depose Chavez on several occasions (now known due to the recent leak of government documents).
Last May, it was reported that he was recovering from an unspecified cancer after undergoing chemotherapy and surgery in 2011. He had another operation in February 2012 and complications arose later that year.
In December, he traveled to Cuba to undergo further surgery where he contracted the illness and ultimately died.
Currently, his Vice-President Nicolas Maduro is expected to be Chavez’s successor, after the former president named him as such prior to his departure from the country.
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