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The life and times of Hugo Chavez

Though mixing with left-wing rebels and plotting within the military from long before, Chavez burst onto the national stage when he led a 1992 coup attempt against then leader Carlos Andres Perez.

The life and times of Hugo Chavez

His death ended 14 years of charismatic, volatile rule that turned him

into a major world figure. Ever the showman, Chavez would jump from

theology to jokes, and from Marxist rhetoric to baseball metaphors in

building an almost cult-like devotion among followers. Here’s an

obituary to the socialist showman who transformed Venezuela.