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.


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