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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dies

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died Tuesday after battling cancer for two years, which left many Venezuelans upset.

The death of 58-year-old Chávez ended the President's 14 year rule.

Chávez had undergone four surgeries for his cancer, which was detected in 2011 in his pelvic area, the Chicago Tribune said. He disappeared from the public view in December after a surgery resulted in respiratory infections and other complications, the Chicago Tribune said.

Chávez was very popular among the poor population of Venezuela for using money from oil-financed policies to create free health care clinics in the slums and subsidized food, the Chicago Tribune said. Chávez supporters raided the streets in recognition and grievance in his death, the Chicago Tribune said.

During Chávez's presidency he undid the democratic political system, rewrote Venezuela's constitution, assailed U.S. influence and spread his form of socialism throughout Latin America, USA Today said.

Chávez's funeral will be held Friday, and seven days of mourning will take place, the Chicago Tribune said.

An election will be held within the next 30 days with expected runners Vice President Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles, state governor who lost to Chávez in October, the Chicago Tribune said.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he was interested in starting new relations with Venezuela, the Chicago Tribune said.

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