As it happened: Venezuela President Hugo Chavez dies

Key points

  • Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, has died aged 58 after battling cancer for nearly two years
  • The news came in an official announcement on state television by Vice-President Nicolas Maduro
  • Mr Maduro will assume the presidency until an election is held within the next 30 days
  • Seven days of mourning have been declared and Mr Chavez's funeral will take place on Friday
  • A number of Latin American leaders have expressed great sadness for his passing
  • Military vows to protect Venezuela's sovereignty, integrity and security (All times in GMT)

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Reporting:

  • David Gritten 
  • Anna Jones 
  • Penny Spiller 

Last updated 6 March 2013

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