Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died from complications related to cancer. He was 58.
The Latin American leader underwent four surgeries since he was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.
His last cancer surgery in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 11, was followed by several complications including a severe respiratory infection and bleeding. His condition was a source of speculation—there was little information available, and the little information that came to light came from government sources.
On Feb. 18, Chavez had quietly returned to Venezuela from Cuba, but the public hadn’t seen him in months.
He had four children. The president was married to Venezuelan journalist Marisabel Rodriguez from 1997 to 2004. They had a daughter, Rosines Chavez. He had three children with his first wife Nancy Colmenares.
Hugo Chavez, a member of the Fifth Republic Movement political party, was first elected as president of Venezuela in 1998 in a landslide election, where he won over 56 percent of the vote. He had remained in power for 14 years, winning three elections.
Chavez won his last six-year term as president in October 2012 and was inaugurated on Jan. 10, 2013, but he couldn’t attend the inauguration because he was in a delicate condition after his surgery in Cuba.