He's dead-the world is looking to Venezuela right now. He was 58 years old. He was fighting for his life-for two years he had been battling cancer.
He was known for his confrontational style, and he certainly was not afraid of confrontation.
He used his country's oil reserves to fund socialist programs. Chavez had hoped to united all of South America. His last appearance? A lovelorn last kiss blown to his country two months ago as he boarded a plane for Cuba where he frequently received cancer treatments.
Poverty rates declined in Venezuela under Chavez, social programs improved, and more. He was the son of a schoolteacher and the second of six brothers. He wanted to be a professional baseball player for the US. Now it will be up to the Venezuelans to see who his successors are.