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BREAKING: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Dead at 58

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has died, his vice-president has announced.


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Christeen A (299)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:16 pm
What comes next????????????????

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:17 pm
Mr Chavez had not appeared in public since he returned to Venezuela last month after cancer treatment in Cuba.

An emotional Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday evening, flanked by leading Venezuelan political and military leaders.

Earlier, he said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection and had entered "his most difficult hours".

One of the most visible, vocal and controversial leaders in Latin America, the former army paratrooper won the presidency in 1998 and had most recently won another six-year presidential term in October 2012.

Last May, he said he had recovered from an unspecified cancer, after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy in 2011 and a further operation in February 2012.

However, in December 2012, he announced he needed further cancer surgery in Cuba, and named his Vice-President, Nicolas Maduro, as his preferred successor should the need arise.

Mr Chavez remained out of public view, finally returning to Venezuela in February.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:17 pm

I just heard this on the news. For the people of Venezuela that loved him and for those who did not, I would send my best wishes. For Hugo Chavez, rest in peace. He has had a long tough fight with cancer.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:18 pm
I have no idea Christeen!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:20 pm
For sure he has. RIP Hugo Chavez and I join Kit in sending best wishes to his people and family!

Beth M (46)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:26 pm
..very sad...x

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:39 pm
RIP even though I wasn't a fan, I wonder who will take over now

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:43 pm
Well, he's given us food for thought...Last year, after several Latin American leaders were diagnosed with cancer, himself included, he wondered if the United States was behind it.
"Would it be strange if (the United States) had developed a technology to induce cancer, and for no one to know it?" he asked.
RIP to you Mr. Chavez.

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:47 pm

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:47 pm
I had a great deal of respect for this leader.

Yulan Lawson (156)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:52 pm

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:21 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:03 pm
I had heard he was very ill sorry to learn of it being terminal for him. I always liked him for standing up to Bush. ""Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today."

For a smile watch this:
I dedicate this to you Hugo Chavez I have a feeling he would like it


"We go from summit to summit, while our people go from abyss to abyss."


"Christopher Columbus (the Italian-born explorer) was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity."


"Capitalism is the way of the devil and exploitation. If you really want to look at things through the eyes of Jesus Christ - who I think was the first socialist - only socialism can really create a genuine society."

Gentle journey to the Star Nation......


Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:14 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last day.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:22 pm
He certainly would! thx so much. Folks don't miss Dandelion's link!

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:24 pm
ty Sheryl...

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 12:24 am
Hugo Chavez and deadly medicine: cancer viruses vs. cancer cures

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:12 am
No one gets out of here alive. RIP Hugo Chavez.

roxy H (350)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:41 am
Well! first off... I have to say... again.. Kudo's to my lovely Angel...yes.. fighting off the masses..I am claiming her..she is mine..MINE..MINE!..ok..hush..i will share..geeezzz...damn... greedy... i guess i am really a wolf mother...without her pack anymore :( ...ugh..But Angel and this amazing Care2 family... For So Many Years... I have Friends and 2 very dear close family of mine in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez is/ was well loved by many of his people down there. I have defended him alone among many of my fellow activists in the real world for a long time. ( think about where i was... Out West and in Alaska LOL!) remember when our cough cough prez Bush choked us on this oil thing?? and those of us were freezing in the winter with bitter cold homes and HUGE cost of living to pay those bills? Hugo Chavez offered New York Elderly free Heating !! Does anyone remember that?? ... I have tossed that into so many faces... so.. ya.. i may not be anti-american...cause i love my country... but there is always good in everyone i think... even if it is teeeeeeny or huge..... and I am gonna still claim Angel as MINE! MINE MINE... I got my den pack....they just dont know it.... i gots a pack.... grrrrrrr i gots them.... my pups! :D giggle

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:42 am
I liked him and I'm sorry to see him go - RIP.

roxy H (350)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:52 am
OOO and btw.... KIT.... lift up that gorgeous says PWNED a long time ago heheheh :D

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 7:21 am
sadly noted

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 7:34 am
I recall the free fuel Roxy, in fact before you left your comment was just talking about that to my daughter as she is younger and really wasn't aware of who the man was or what he had done.

Over the past four years, Citizens Energy Corp., the signature nonprofit founded by Kennedy in 1979 as a political launching pad, has grown from a local charity serving 10,000 Massachusetts homes a year into a national effort delivering free fuel to 200,000 households in 23 states.

Joseph P. Kennedy II, a former U.S. representative, has relied almost exclusively on Chávez for that growth.

Chavez and the Venezuelan people have donated more than 200 million gallons of heating oil over eight years, which Citizens distributes to poor families, the Associated Press reported.

“Given the fact that the vast majority of the oil from any one single place in this part of the country comes from Venezuela, then everyone who has a problem with us taking oil from Venezuela should hold I think themselves to the same standard, and they should be walking to work and not just be using oil products.” said Kennedy.


Angelika R (143)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:43 am
Despite his somewhat blown ego and dictator-like appearances this man was undoubtedly a great leader who did enormous good for his and other peoples. It is so vague and unpredictable what will now happen with his successor; I fear the entire Latin American region could get rearranged, in disorder or even turmoil!

roxy H (350)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:51 am
WOW! now that is some amazing cool stuff dandy one..... NEW PACK MEMBER.... ADOPTED....!... :D woot... yup yup... i luv my puppies.... i have all these kitties.... now i gots puppies too! yay!

Jim P (3247)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:29 pm
I remember the "free heating" Hugo gave to american citizens many years ago

I liked Hugo for his humanitarian efforts which he did for his country and his people.
In the same vein, I share Hugo's dislike for bushy.

RIP Hugo - You will be missed...

Ty, Angelika.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:51 pm

paul m (93)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:52 pm


Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:33 pm
God rest his generous and courageous soul.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:46 pm

janet f (29)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:55 pm
good riddance.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:59 pm
Ah, there is always one in every crowd. Don't you know what they say about the dead, if you've got nothing good to say about them, then say nothing at all. Find an article on C2 concerning his politics, this is an announcement of his death. Can we not be at least that compassionate that if a family member runs across this that they see it as such.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:03 pm

Trolls - the blight of the Internet. I too will remember Chavez for his help to the poor of America with heating oil. He was a politician and not prefect,but in a world of imperfect people he gave a full throated effort to keep his promises to the poorest of the poor. More than most will ever do.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:04 pm

Ya gotta love Roxy!

marie C (163)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:13 pm
Can not send a green star to Dandelion and Kit as have done so in the last week
RIP and deepest sympathy to the family

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:15 pm
He might have done even more were not corruption in his country perhaps one of his biggest enemies.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:14 pm
What's there to say but RIP Hugo.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:27 pm
He was a real man of the people.

Marsha F (5)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:40 pm
Here's, what I think, is a good write up about Chavez that fairly talks about the good and the bad he did and gives it a lot of context.

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 7:16 pm
I hate to say this, but Hugo Chavez actually help his people, unlike some officials of this country who claim to be patriots.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:04 pm
I join others to send best wishes to his family and people. May he RIP. Thanks Angelika

Tom Edgar (56)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 9:15 pm
Hey he put people before profits Now that is wrong. How can you become wealthy if the poor get all the money.? Then he wouldn't do the bidding of the U S A which was detrimental to the Petroleum conglomerates so their profits were less, and the investors received a smaller dividend, once again reducing the income of the wealthy who aren't able to invest as much in other concerns. He then had the temerity to use the profits from Venezuela's oil to improve health, welfare, and conditions for Venezuelans instead of getting cheap fuel to America. How can anybody support such an inconsiderate person?

Bettina Galo (70)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 5:12 am
Chavizmo Chavez and is part of a political structure that is thought Leninism recreate supported by Raul Castro, Fidel and many members of the forum called San Pablo. This political structure that now encompasses not only to Latin America and the Caribbean, but it is based in the world, but says further down the equations of social inequality, which makes it highly dependent subdue the citizen as they are supported by the state and their employment in it. While the educational levels of the population does not agree with a people needs required to achieve a dignified life, able to take deciones itself around discern themes and assume its responsibility conn futuro.Chávez built its success in the imposition of a custodial leadership, became the father of a people who felt adrift and had neither currently has an educational foundation that would allow otherwise. So much so that there is at the moment and coup against Venezuela suffered from 10 last January and has just been endorsed by the ruling party PSUV, supporting the self-designation of Sr.Maduro as interim president before the determined by the absolute lack of Chavez death. The Venezuelan constitution states that before the declaration of permanent or temporary absence must assume the President of the National Legislative Assembly, this is Mr. Diosdado Cabello. The figure of the Vice-President of the Bolivarian Republic constitutionally there. Their existence depends on the President and sworn name a person in that position. Uruguay's like appointing a minister of state. So, the presence of the Vice-Maduro Venezuela's presidency is illegal and unconstitutional. Fewer still his appointment as interim president until a new election called. This is the reality that the MERCOSUR, UNASUR, CELAC, the OAS, ALBA and even USA, UN and the BRIC have endorsed or with the support, direct or through their silence. My personal position is that as a libertarian, democrat, republican not accept totalitarianism of any kind, neither capitalism nor communism.

Bettina Galo (70)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 5:27 am
Chavez, a man whose charisma has allowed him to be in the public arena, no longer a despot, egocentric and manipulative. The fact that you found death, does not mean being a tyrant who decides what is best for the citizens and not what the public can decide for itself, a totalitarian who endorse and is friend to Castro that have overwhelmed the rights of the Cuban people, kidnapping, torturing and killing dissidents. A despot who says it expropriates pointing one after other companies without any reason and without legal action, to become a national and international hero. If fierce capitalism destroys and enslaves peoples from the power exercised by countries like USA, European Union and now the BRIC, communism is equally harmful to the development of freedom of both systems idiotiza pueblos.En people to make them manageable and to control them in order to stay within a certain status quo. The successful integration alleged by Chavez and the course of Latin American people to wake up his status is a lie, it is true that it has now become dependent egomaniacal tyrants of power politics where what is legal and therefore anything is acceptable to the blatant constitutional encroachment has occurred in Venezuela in the affairs

Gloria H (88)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 4:45 pm
cancer by drone?

Edgar Zuim (47)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:53 pm
Despite being hated by many, may God have mercy on your soul. Rest in peace.
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