Hugo Chavez near death is topping news headlines this afternoon, as C-News reported this Friday, March 1, that the President of Venezuela is close to death — and may in fact be dead — from cancer after a fight for his life.
Yet aides and supporters of the socialist president argue that despite the Hugo Chavez near death rumors this week, the leading political figure is still alive and still battling for his health.
“There he is, continuing his fight, his battle, and we are sure of victory!” his brother Adan Chavez, the governor of Barinas state, announced amid cheers of supporters.
Public speculation of Chavez’ well-being became a trending news topic this week after Panama’s former ambassador, Guillermo Cochez, said that the Venezuelan leader had in fact already died.
“The launching of absurd and bizarre rumors by the right wing simply discredits them and isolates them further from the people,” Chavez’s son-in-law Jorge Arreaza, who acts as Venezuela’s own science minister, noted via Twitter.
The Hugo Chavez near death headline has also risen in popularity after no recent photos of the socialist President have been seen lately following his Dec. 11, 2012, surgery in Cuba for cancer — his fourth operation. He was reportedly moved to another military hospital last week in Caracas, and his health status ultimately remains unknown for now.