Hugo Chavez Dead At 58

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March 5, 2013 | 5:21pm EST

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has lost his battle with cancer.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the death of the 58-year-old socialist leader during an emotional televised speech on Tuesday, a day after a government spokesman revealed Chavez had been struck down with a “severe” infection, which had left him in a “very delicate” state.
Chavez, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, underwent his fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba in December.
He was voted into office in 1999.
Maduro will take over the presidency until a new election can take place.