He couldn’t speak but he said it with his lips … `I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,’ because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country.Gen. Jose Ornella, the presidential guard for Hugo Chavez • Discussing the deceased Venezuelan leader’s final words. Chavez died Tuesday of a heart attack brought upon from an advanced, long-fought battle with cancer.
7 days of mourning for the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela officials say, after the 58-year-old President died today. Chavez was an intensely polarizing political figure, lauded by some on the left for his anti-capitalist ethos, condemned by some on the right for the same thing, and condemned by some on both sides for oppression of political opponents and muzzling of dissenting media. This divide is particularly stark in today, with pundits like Kristen Power tweeting “good riddance” to the dead leader (CNN contributor and GOP consultant Alex Castellanos rather sensationally termed him a “Hitler”), while liberal flagship The Nation’s Greg Grandin authored an article far more sympathetic to Chavez’s legacy, admission of his “strongman” status aside. source
In mid-January he was improving, the infection could be controlled, but he continued with problems of respiratory insufficiency. Afterwards, there was a general improvement, and the doctors along with President Chávez decided to initiate complementary treatments. You know what the complementary treatments are, right? They are chemotherapy that is applied to patients after operations.Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro • Speaking on the condition of his boss, President Hugo Chavez, whose state of health is still relatively clouded in mystery. Chavez is not well, this much is clear — he’s been in intensive medical treatment, and hidden from the public eye since mid-December, battling a cancer with which he was first publicly revealed in 2011. Government officials have publicly stated that Chavez is battling for his life, but in absence of further transparency (a fact which has infuriated his political opposition), they’ve been dogged by reports and speculation of varying credibility of the leader’s death, the latest of which came from CNN Chile this week. source