There are persistent rumors that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is dead, with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro adding to the speculation with a letter speaking of Chavez’ “absence.”
For weeks, Chavez has not been heard from, following a series of cancer treatments in Cuba. Earlier reports from Havana said he was fighting a respiratory infection that had developed after his fourth cancer surgery.
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www.SkinCareSearch.com/FaceLiftingChavez’ respiratory problem – referred to officially as “respiratory deficiency” – reportedly was due to a severe lung infection.
Chavez was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.
Castro sent an open letter to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro that was published in the Cuban Communist Party’s Central Committee newspaper, Granma, reminiscing about when he first met Chavez in 1994.
The key words in the 350-word article were Castro’s observation that “however painful (Chavez’s) absence, all of you will be capable of continuing his work.”
Chavez may have died two weeks ago, when further public information about him stopped, according to Venezuelan opposition and intelligence sources.
However, the sources concede they have no confirmation. Chavez, who had won re-election, was due to be sworn in for another presidential term in mid-January. His absence created a mini-constitutional crisis
Opposition leaders have argued that since Chavez wasn’t sworn in for his new term, the Venezuelan Supreme Court should determine who is president.
The Spanish daily ABC had cited unnamed sources who say Chavez had been put into an induced coma and placed on life support.
Dr. Michael Pishvaian of the Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., said respiratory infections could require antibiotics and supplemental oxygen.
“It could be a very ominous sign,” Pishvaian said, indicating that Chavez may have been on life support.
Other sources indicate that once put on life support following the type of cancer surgery Chavez had, along with respiratory complications, the chance of survival is slim.
Recent comments by members of Chavez’s family said he was stable, although Maduro insisted the Venezuelan president had “enormous strength.”
However, a doctor who is in contact with Chavez’s medical team said several weeks ago the Venezuelan president wasn’t responding to antibiotics, had a constant fever and hadn’t eaten solid food for weeks.
The doctor, Jose Rafael Marquina of Florida, said Chavez then was on life support and that the medical team was “only prolonging unnecessary suffering.” Marquina is an opponent of Chavez.
Chavez hasn’t been seen in public since his last surgery in Havana Dec. 11.
Until now, the government has been silent on the latest rumors of Chavez’s death, even though he had designated Maduro to succeed him.
Cuban officials also may be withholding information because of concern they would lose the significant influence they’ve acquired in Venezuela through Castro’s close relationship with Chavez.
Since there is no record that Chavez was sworn in for his new presidential term, the Venezuelan constitution requires the government to call for new elections.
Opposition leaders are demanding that the government provide more information about the condition of Chavez and want new elections.
U.S. officials say they are watching developments closely but would have no comment on reports the 58-year-old Venezuelan president had died.
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well.. this has been happening every month or so. The difference this time is that none of my Venezuelan friends are freaking out on Facebook right now
Is his skin loose? Is Fidel Castro's? Is this an uncircumcised thing?
So what did we decide? Did they prop him up at a table a la Evita?
He was dead a long time ago. The Spanish prepare you for death...
Like CNN Peru reported...
Hugo is on the roof and we can't get him down...
Now he won't return to The Good Wife.
Best r1 ever.
It's shaped like a penis and is by Pair-of-gays and U-R-Gay.
I think he'd picked out a successor and he did win the election just a few months ago so I doubt there's going to be any significant regime change since a slim majority of people voted him in.\t
R11, my dad lived in Spain under dictatorship of Franco until he was 17 years old. These ruthless criminals don't have elections. You vote for them else. Or your vote doesn't matter because these dictators get into power through corruption and force.
If he is dead that sounds like fantastic news, but unfortunately some other ruthless dictator will slither in to take over. \t
Fuck of r28. Chavez is not the enemy.
R29, I'm not interested in having sex with you! I told you to stop stalking me.
Chavez was okay, he hated Bush W, too.
Chavez is a hero to many. He's not my enemy despite what our media tries to propagandize.
That supposed death photo doesn't look like someone who's died of cancer. You end up becoming far more emaciated and looking like shit. But, he is probably on the way to dying of cancer.
Guess we can add him to the list of celebrities who died from smoking.
What kind of cancer is he ill with, r35?
We've not been told, r36, but it's supposedly in his "pelvic area".
That means AIDS
So why is some idiot poster above saying we need to add him to the dead smokers list?
Why is some idiot above believing some other idiot above him that Chavez has AIDS?
Most cites are saying he is not dead yet but may be very close to it.
R35, people who die of cancer aren't necessarily emaciated. They now have appetite stimulating medication and better anti -nausea drugs than in the past. My obese aunt who died of ovarian cancer died obese. My dad who died of lung cancer never lost a lot of weight.
Most cites. . . .
Too bad it aint HW
Think it bothers him that he will die a non-legend, unlike Castro his beloved hero?
It's Chile Today Hot Tamale.
Still not dead?
r45, I have a lot of problems with Hugo Chavez, but he is not a non-legend.
Why won't he JUST DIE?????
As he's lying there in his hospital bed what songs are playing on his iPod?
The Party's Over - Judy Holiday
Death March of A Marionette - 101 Strings
Til The End of Time - Perry Como
It is THE Aids, as in: The King had the Aids in the Ukraine.
He probably died like, last year, but they won't officially pronounce him dead TIL they turn off the machines
Weekend at Bernie's: The Chavez Chronicles
I have heard supposedly Hugo Chavez was? or is? bisexual and he had an affair with Fidel Castro. I have heard before Fidel is bisexual so I wasn't surprised.
I heard he was also butt boy to Leonid Brezhnev and Pol Pot.
I heard that Fidel had a thing going with Che Guevara.
Very sad news if it's true. He wasn't perfect, but he was good to the poor. That's tops in my book.
I wouldn't be surprised if his problems originated with our CIA.
And in other news Franco is still dead.
He's in ZsaZsaLand.
Whenever I think of Chavez in relation to Castro, I remember Karl Marx's famous line about history repeating itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Today, he's dead, according to the Miami Herald.
His VP reports.