Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has lost his battle with cancer. The politician died during the afternoon on March 5. He was 58 years old.
The announcement was made by Chávez's vice president, Nicholas Maduro, who was very emotional as he released a statement alongside Venezuelan politicians and military leaders, according to BBC News.
Chávez's career was marked by constant controversy since he the time he took up the post of Venezuela's president in 1998, and in October, Chavez earned another six-year term in office. However, in December of 2012, his years-long battle with cancer once again reared its head and he retreated from public view to Cuba where he sought further medical treatment.
At the time of his retreat, Chávez named his vice president, Maduro, as his successor.
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