According to latest reports, Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela is dead. The announcement was made in a national broadcast by the nations vice president, Nicolas Maduro who said the president passed away at 4:25pm (3:55pm ET) on Tuesday March 5 2013.
The vice president called on citizens be peaceful and respectful by saying the following, “we must unite now more than ever.”
“Our people can count on having a government of men and women committed to protecting them,” Maduro continued.
The 58 year old Hugo Chavez who was a socialist leader battled with cancer for a long time. Plans for his funeral are yet to be announced.