The Life of Hugo Chávez, in Pictures

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March 5 2013 8:06 PM

The Life of Hugo Chávez

Photos of the controversial Latin American leader.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday after a two-year bout with cancer, a 14-year rule, three elections, and one coup attempt. The controversial leader, famous for his anti-imperialist rhetoric and policies, galvanized his nation's poor and antagonized both neighbors and overseas powers. 

Chavez speaks in the rain during a campaign rally in Caracas, Oct. 4, 2012.
Chávez speaks in the rain during a campaign rally in Caracas, Oct. 4, 2012.

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is pictured during his army years, in this undated handout photo provided by Venezuela's Ministry of Information and Communication.
Chávez is pictured during his army years, in this undated handout photo provided by Venezuela's Ministry of Information and Communication.

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Venezuela's leading presidential candidate Hugo Chavez waves to crowds after playing baseball in a friendly match with Venezuelan show business personalities at the University Stadium in Caracas on October 4.  TA/KM - RTRXMJG
Candidate Chávez waves to crowds after playing baseball in a friendly match with Venezuelan show business personalities in Caracas.

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 Fidel Castro (L) and Hugo Chavez joke after Castro's arrival at Caracas' Maiquetia airport, October 26, 2000. Castro is in Venezuela for a five day state visit during which he will sign an agreement to purchase subsized oil from Venezuela.  AW - RTR9ZZX
Cuban leader Fidel Castro, left, and Chávez joke after Castro's arrival in Caracas during a 2000 state visit.

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20:  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez points after addressing the United Nations General Assembly September 20, 2006 at the UN in New York City. The annual conference at the U.N. headquarters comes at a time when the world community is considering sanctions on Iran and UN peacekeepers are stationed in nearly 20 countries.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez points after addressing the U.N. General Assembly in 2006."The devil came here yesterday," he said, referring to U.S. President George W. Bush. "It still smells of sulphur today." Chávez also said PresidentBush promoted "a false democracy of the elite" and a "democracy of bombs".

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez celebrate in the rain in front of the Miraflores Palace as Chavez gives a speech from the balcony after official election results gave him a victory by a wide margin in Caracas December 3, 2006. The anti-U.S. Venezuelan president claimed victory with a cry of "long live the revolution" as official results showed him heading for a landslide re-election win on Sunday.
Supporters of Hugo Chávez celebrate in the rain in front of the Miraflores Palace after official election results gave Chavez a victory by a wide margin in Caracas, Dec. 3, 2006.

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez attends a rally with members of his new political party PSUV (Venezuelan Socialist Union Party) in Caracas March 14, 2008.
Chávez attends a rally with members of his new political party, the Venezuelan Socialist Union Party, in Caracas, March 14, 2008.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (top L) campaigns with the candidates of his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in the neighborhood of Petare in Caracas November 11, 2008. Venezuelans go to the polls on Nov. 23 to elect state governors and city mayors in a test of support for leftist Chavez a year after he lost his first national vote since winning power in 1998.
Hugo Chávez campaigns with the candidates of his United Socialist Party of Venezuela in the neighborhood of Petare in Caracas Nov. 11, 2008.

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets supporters during a campaign rally with local candidates for the national assembly in the state of Tachira September 5, 2010. Venezuelans are going to the polls September 26 to elect a new national assembly.
Hugo Chávez greets supporters during a campaign rally with local candidates for the national assembly in the state of Tachira Sept. 5, 2010.

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend the closing campaign rally of United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Caracas September 23, 2010. Venezuela's opposition is certain to make gains in parliamentary elections on Sunday but probably not enough to wrest legislative control from President Hugo Chavez in the 12th year of his socialist "revolution."
Hugo Chávez supporters attend the closing campaign rally of United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Caracas, Sept. 23, 2010.

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Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi  (L)  welcomes Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) upon his arrival in Tripoli on October 22, 2010. Chavez arrived in Libya for talks with the country's leader Moamer Kadhafi, on a regional tour that has also taken him to Iran and Syria. The firebrand president's programme has not been made public, but he arrived from Damascus and was to begin his visit by meeting Kadhafi, with whom he has had close ties for several years. AFP PHOTO MAHMUD TURKIA
Muammara Qaddafi welcomes Hugo Chávez upon his arrival in Tripoli in October 2010.

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Hugo Chávez says goodbye to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after a visit to Miraflores Palace in 2011.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is welcomed by Hugo Chávez in Caracas Jan. 9, 2012.

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cheer as he appears on a balcony of Miraflores Palace in Caracas October 7, 2012. Venezuela's socialist President Chavez won re-election in Sunday's vote with 54 percent of the ballot to beat opposition challenger Henrique Capriles.
Chávez supporters cheer as he appears on a balcony of Miraflores Palace in Caracas last October.

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A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez raises his left fist at a rally to promote Chavez's new United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) in Caracas April 19, 2007.
A Chávez supporter raises his left fist at a rally to promote Chávez's new United Venezuelan Socialist Party in Caracas April 19, 2007.

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