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Hugo Rafael shot his free gas Venezuelan president and political quote the United States is dead after losing a battle -- cancer.
The socialist leader underwent lengthy treatment in Cuba for an undisclosed form of cancer.
Having at least three operations including one to remove a tumor he described as the size of a base ball from his abdomen.
It's frequent absences from public view led -- widespread rumors about his health.
And stood in marked contrast to his usual style of appearing on television for hours at a time.
Speaking reading and occasionally singing.
-- -- -- school teachers Travis was born in 1954.
In rural Venezuela.
He grew up with hopes of becoming a professional baseball player.
Instead he entered the military rising to the rank of colonel and engineering -- failed coup attempt in 1992.
Chavez was jailed but soon released and ran unsuccessfully for president in 1998.
Normal backed largely by Venezuela's poor he promised to spread the wealth in the nation's oil reserves his role models -- Fidel Castro and from history si -- believe -- Who me -- analyzed in the cult of personality.
Even renaming the country as the full bar -- Republic of Venezuela.
-- introduced a new constitution.
And attempt to consolidate power.
Radical moves let the street protests and -- -- him which briefly removed him from office.
Two days later he was returned to power with that bitter hatred for the US government.
Whom he'd blame for the coup attempt when they -- some thought -- Columbia.
-- referred to the US says the evil empire and famously branded US president George W.
Bush as the devil during an address the United Nations.
And he warned his countryman frequently of an impending US invasion of Venezuela.
It's not out of my.
-- Erratic behavior was increasingly criticized as -- life.
But Chavez would win reelection twice relying on high oil prices to fund.
-- -- ambitions at home and he hoped as a global counterweight to US influence.
In a nation of thirty million it was one man Hugo Chavez.
Who control the presidency the parliament but -- judiciary and the media.
Shutting down any television or radio stations which were critical of his rule.
And forging ahead with increased government control over the private sector.
Nationalize it became a catch phrase Chavis would say -- front of the cameras I'm pointing to a business or building -- would suddenly by virtue of his degree and be under state control.
-- continued to -- strong support from Venezuela's -- despite increasing street violence.
And one of the highest inflation rates in the world.
Winning good health he was a constant presence on state controlled television viewing hours long speeches which by -- had to be carried on every channel.
His absence creates a vacuum of power which both supporters and opponents will no doubt try to claim.
The big question is with divisions between the two sides so bitter weather any transition can be achieved peacefully.
Hugo Chavez -- as well -- 56 president on dead from cancer and I like the forgotten.
Steve Harrigan Fox News.
-- read a look back at the life of Hugo Chavez.
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