Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has died in hospital at the age of 58 after developing a severe respiratory infection during his battle with cancer.
Supporters of the president, who had been fighting the disease for two years, claimed he had been infected by ‘imperialist enemies’.
The country's vice president Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, made the announcement during a national television broadcast tonight.
He said that the long-standing president died at 4:25pm local time in the country's capital Caracas, using the broadcast to call for 'unity, tranquility and understanding'.
‘We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,’ added Mr Maduro, fingering ‘imperialist’ foes led by the United States.
He said: 'The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health.’ Continue reading via Daily Mail...