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The life and times of Hugo Chavez

The coup failed and Chavez surrendered, but he cut a dashing figure dressed in green fatigues and a red beret for a famous speech live on TV before being carted off to jail. His comment that the coup had failed "por ahora" ("for now") electrified many Venezuelans, especially the poor, who admired Chavez for standing up to a government they felt was increasingly corrupt and cold to their needs.

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.