Como durante su vida, la muerte de Hugo Chávez y el proceso que llevó a ella fue controversial, puesto en tela de juicio, criticado y debatido incesantemente. Se ha cuestionado si realmente el presidente venezolano murió en su país el 5 de marzo, por ejemplo. Sin embargo ahora, un periodista, quien siguió el desarrollo del cáncer que sufrió el militar venezolano desde un inicio, reveló que el exmandatario fue desconectado "a las 3 de la tarde [de aquel día] y su pulmón colapsa en una hora y media como consecuencia de la enfermedad".

Nelson Bocaranda, un periodista venezolano que ha trabajado en importantes medios de prensa en su país y que tiene su show radial semanal 'Los Runrunes de Nelson', explicó en entrevista con el periódico caraqueño El Universal cómo fueron los últimos meses de vida del fallecido líder, y cómo enfrentó los tratamientos, que se mantuvieron hasta el final protegidos por un manto de silencio y misterio por parte de las autoridades venezolanas. Un misterio que parece continuar el día de hoy.

Bocaranda, desde que el exmandatario venezolano fue diagnosticado con cáncer, tuvo acceso a información confidencial por parte de fuentes cercanas a Chávez -tanto en los altos mandos militares de Caracas como en La Habana, Cuba-, donde aquel recibió la mayoría de la atención médica.

El comunicador aseguró que logró el más completo escenario de lo que enfrentaba Chávez gracias a la "telaraña de fuentes de información de sus cincuenta años de trabajo".

"El 24 de junio del 2011, aprovechando que era un feriado, me agarré los tres días: viernes, sábado y domingo. En la madrugada del 25 me llamó una fuente que estaba casualmente en Cuba y me dijo: 'Hay una noticia importante que puede cambiar el curso de la historia allá porque Chávez tiene un cáncer fulminante'".

El periodista reveló una de las incógnitas: cuál fue el tipo de cáncer que se le descubrió a Chávez en octubre del 2010.

¿Por dónde empezó el cáncer?

"Tras un examen que le hicieron en el hospitalito de Fuerte Tiuna médicos de clínicas privadas, más dos médicos cubanos, se hablaba de un problema que empezaba con la vejiga y la próstata […] Él era un bebedor de café empedernido y un fumador escondido, fumaba muchísimo. En un momento Fidel Castro –como padre putativo- le recomendó que eso no era bueno, que a él mismo le había afectado mucho fumar tabaco tanto tiempo".

Pero aparentemente, según Bocaranda, Chávez no se cuidaba y después de una operación en Cuba en junio del 2011, tuvo una recaída en abril o mayo del 2011 y fue un absceso rectal.

"Ese absceso fue tratado en Cuba pero allí ya, por las fechas, descubrieron que había algo más grave. Hicieron más pruebas, hicieron los chequeos de las biopsias y descubrieron que era un cáncer. Cuando a mí me cuentan la información de que van a la operación porque era cáncer yo lo publiqué en El Universal, las pruebas de las biopsias fueron a un hospital de Boston, a un hospital de Miami y al hospital de Cuba".

Empieza la metástasis

Después de la primera cirugía, de acuerdo con el periodista, Chávez sí pensaba que estaba curado, sin embargo trás la segunda "sí supo que era inevitable".


"El llegó a tener metástasis en los huesos. Le afectó la columna vertebral y la pierna izquierda estaba totalmente paralizada. El cáncer de huesos es uno de los más dolorosos. Algo que es falso y yo lo desmentí en mi columna y en Twitter es que le hubieran puesto clavos. Pero el cáncer siguió avanzando y eventualmente llegó al pulmón izquierdo".

Operación en Cuba y el coma inducido

También explicó por qué en diciembre viajó a La Habana para una última operación cuando ya estaba enfrentando metástasis.

"Básicamente esa operación buscaba remover lo que tenía en la pierna y lo que hicieron fue cortar los nervios que le generaban más dolor. El presidente tenía mucho dolor y por eso lo tuvieron en un coma inducido mucho tiempo para soportar el dolor. Lo más grave de todo ese tiempo eran los dolores que tenía".

¿Por qué se postula?

La periodista Giuliana Chiappe le preguntó a Bocaranda que por qué Chávez se postula para otro término presidencial sí sabía la gravedad de su padecimiento

"Yo tuve una doctora en el programa de radio que explicaba algo interesante sobre las reacciones neurológicas de los pacientes. Ella dijo que el presidente se había puesto una meta que era ganar las elecciones para que su proyecto pudiera tener éxito. Ese deseo del 7 de octubre mantuvo vivo al presidente Chávez. Y (después de) ganar, se le bajaron las defensas y ya no apareció más. Ella explica que el entusiasmo lo hizo llegar hasta el 7 de octubre, pero después de esa fecha empezó a mermar la fuerza que lo había mantenido".

CAMINO ÚLTIMA MORADA

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  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • Bodyguards run alongside the hearse carrying the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in a procession in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office presidential guard soldiers carry the coffin containing the remains of late Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. In the background a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar.(AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

  • Adan Chavez, Anibal Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, brothers of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, Adan Chavez, left, and Anibal Chavez, right, carry Chavez's coffin at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

  • Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves to the crowd while riding atop a truck upon his arrival to the elections office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 11, 2012. Chavez rallied thousands of his supporters wearing his signature red beret and blowing kisses to the crowd as he formalized his presidential candidacy and launched his re-election bid.Second from left is Chavez's younger daugther Rosines and at right his brother Adan.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Adan Chavez, Anibal Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, brothers of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, Adan Chavez, left, and Anibal Chavez, right, carry Chavez's coffin at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • A supporter of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez holds flowers outside the military academy where the leader's body had been lying in state, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body was transferred to the military museum, his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist as he drives a military vehicle leading the procession with the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred Friday from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as final resting place. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Un simpatizante del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez sostiene flores durante el traslado de los restos del mandatario en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Nicolas Maduro, Adan Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, right, addresses the nation from Miraflores presidential palace as Governor Adan Chavez, the older brother of President Hugo Chavez, looks on in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Maduro met with top Venezuelan government ministers, the military high command and all 20 loyalist governors in Caracas following word of President Hugo Chavez's deteriorating health. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • A supporter of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez cries outside the military academy where the leader's body had been lying in state, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body was transferred to the military museum, his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and his brother Adan play "bolas criollas" a traditional Venezuelan bowling in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 23, 2012. President Hugo Chavez reappeared on television Monday after an eight-day silence, scoffing at rumors that his health took a turn for the worse and saying he plans to be back home Thursday after his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office/Estudios Revolucion)

  • Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez wait for the procession to pass carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez from the military academy to a military museum in a shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Chavez on Friday, who died at age 58 of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • El ataúd que contiene los restos del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez es llevado desde la Academia Militar al Museo Militar, su lugar final de descanso, en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Fernando Llano)

  • Guardaespaldas acompañan el automóvil fúnebre en el que son trasladados los restos del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Rodrigo Abd)

  • Adan Chavez

    FILE - In this April 7, 2006 file photo, Adan Chavez, Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba and Hugo Chavez's older brother, smiles during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba. Adan Chavez said Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 that widespread abstention in the recent elections for state governors hurt both the government party and the opposition, and said that some followers of President Hugo Chavez even voted for opposition candidates. Adan Chavez was re-elected as governor of Barinas state. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • Un automóvil fúnebre traslada los restos del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP Foto/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Confetti falls around the hearse carrying the coffin that contains the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, in a funeral procession, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred Friday from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, second from left, walks with his brother Adan, left, his Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, second from right, and Venezuela's Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza in Havana, Cuba, Monday April 23, 2012. Chavez reappeared on television Monday after an eight-day silence, scoffing at rumors that his health took a turn for the worse and saying he plans to be back home Thursday after his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, Estudios Revolucion)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, brothers of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, Adam Chavez, left, and Anibal Chavez, right, carry Chavez's coffin at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)


HUGO CHÁVEZ: UN AÑO DE AGONÍA

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  • Febrero 24 del 2012. Hugo Chávez es ovacionado por seguidores, camino hacia el aeropuerto para viajar a Cuba.

  • Abril 13 del 2012. Hugo Chávez aplaude a la multitud que se congregó ante el balcón del palacio presidencial de Miraflores en Caracas, en conmemoración a su regreso a la presidencia después de haber sido brevemente derrocado hace 10 años.

  • Abril del 2012 Hugo Chávez se reunió con su homólogo uruguayo, José Mujica, en el palacio presidencial de Miraflores en Caracas, Venezuela.

  • 17 de marzo del 2012 Hugo Chávez lanza un beso a sus seguidores desde el balcón del palacio presidencial en Caracas, luego de haber pasado tres semanas en Cuba, donde fue sometido a cirugía.

  • 24 de febrero del 2012 El presidente venezolano en la calles de Caracas de camino al aeropuerto para viajar a Cuba.

  • 24 febrero 2012 Hugo Chávez seca el sudor de su cara de camino al aeropuerto para viajar a Cuba y comenzar tratamiento de radioterapias.

  • Hugo Chavez y su hija Rosa Maria en Caracas, Venezuela.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) spe

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) speaks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro ater the ALBA summit, at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on February 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) gre

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) greets his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega (C) and his wife Rosario Murillo, before the ALBA summit opening ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on February 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez salutes

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez salutes before the start of a military parade to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his failed coup attempt, on February 4 , 2012, in Caracas. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (L) s

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (L) stands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) in Managua on January 10, 2012. Ahmadinejad and Chavez came to Nicaragua to attend the inauguration of president Daniel Ortega's third term. AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gesture

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures as he waits for his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez

    The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez (L), hugs his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala, in Orinoco Oil Belt in Monagas state, on January 7, 2012. Humala is on an official visit to Venezuela. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) kis

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) kisses the hand of Venezuelan Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos (R) during a meting in Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on January 04, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on December 6, 2011. Chavez said that he will travel to Brazil on December 11 --after attending Argentine president Cristina Kirchner's inauguration-- to pay a visit to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, affected by cancer, like himself. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is see

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is seen during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit on December 2, 2011 in Caracas. Thirty-three Latin America and Caribbean heads of state meet during two days to create the CELAC which aspires to become a new regional body excluding the United States and Canada, under the leadership of Venezuelan Hugo Chavez. AFP PHOTO / LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves as he holds a child during the launching of the 'Gran mision de los hijos de mi pueblo Venezuela' (Great mission of the sons of my people Venezuela), in Caracas on November 25, 2011. Chavez announced that the first shipment of gold from abroad will arrive Friday, beginning with an operation to repatriate all reserves that, until now, the country kept outside its borders. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez address

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses supporters during a rally in Caracas, on November 13, 2011. Chavez took a bath of masses in his first outdoor political rally after chemotherapy, and asked 'reunification' to his followers with a view to the polls in 2012, which he promised to win. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deliver

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez delivers a speech during the ceremony to welcome Colombian Maria Emma Mejia, UNASUR Secretary General (not depicted), at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on October 26, 2011. AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deliver

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez delivers a speech at the Miraflor presidential palace in Caracas on October 1, 2011. Chavez said Saturday that he is recovering from a cancer that was diagnosed more than three months ago and that he was 'confident' that he will be reelected in next year's elections and in the following , thus allowing him to remain in power until 2030. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez makes t

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez makes the 'v' sign after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the presidential palace in Caracas on August 24, 2011 during the latter's official visit to the country. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuela President Hugo Chavez gestures

    Venezuela President Hugo Chavez gestures at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 21, 2011. A group of ten Dominicans shaved their heads in solidarity with Chavez, who had to be treated with chemotherapy for his cancer, and visited him at Miraflores presidential palace. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)


FUNERAL

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  • Hugo Chavez

    Elena Frías, madre del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, y sus hermanos Adán, segundo desde la izquierda, Argenis, primero a la derecha, y Adelis, cuarto desde la derecha, montan guardia de honor ante el féretro del mandatario en un salón de la Academia Militar, en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El velorio durará tres días y Venezuela decretó siete días de luto nacional. (Foto AP/Palacio Presidencial de Miraflores)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Nicolas Maduro, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro, second from left, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, third from left, Bolivia's President Evo Morales fourth from left, and Mujica's wife, Uruguayan Senator Lucía Topolansky stand next to the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez on display during his wake in Fort Tiuna military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • In this frame grab made from video broadcast by Telesur, the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez stands on display during his wake at a military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Telesur)

  • Esta imagen tomada de la transmisión de Telesur muestra el féretro del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, durante la ceremonia en que se le rindieron honores en la Academia Miliar en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013 (AP Foto/Telesur)

  • Covered by objects placed by supporters, the coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez arrives to the military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Covered by objects placed by supporters, the coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez arrives to the military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is carried into the Fort Tiuna military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Nicolas Maduro, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, left, Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro, second from left, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, third from left, Bolivia's President Evo Morales, fourth from left, and Mujica's wife, Uruguayan Senator Lucía Topolansky stand next to the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez on display during his wake in Fort Tiuna military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    De izquierda a derecha, los presidentes de Argentina Cristina Fernández; José Mujica de Uruguay; Evo Morales de Bolivia y la esposa del mandatario uruguayo y senadora Lucía Topolansky montan guardia de honor ante el féretro del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, en un salón de la Academia Militar, en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El funeral se prevé para el viernes. (Foto AP/Palacio Presidencial de Miraflores)

  • Miles de personas llenaron las calles en la procesión fúnebre del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez y acompañan su ataúd del hospital donde falleció el martes a la Academia Militar donde será velado, en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El velorio del mandatario durará tres días y Venezuela decretó siete días de luto nacional. (Foto AP/Palacio Presidencial de Miraflores)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Nicolas Maduro, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    En esta foto difundida por la oficina de prensa de la presidencia venezolana, la presidente argentina Cristina Fernández, izquierda, el presidente interino venezolano Nicolás Maduro, 2do de la izquierda, el uruguayo José Mujica, 3ro de la izquierda, el boliviano Evo Morales, 4to de la izquierda, y la esposa de Mujica, senadora Lucía Topolansky junto al ataúd del difunto presidente Hugo Chávez en la academia militar de Fuerte Tiuna, Caracas, Venezuela, miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El funeral de Chávez está previsto para el viernes. (AP Foto/Mirflores)

  • Hugo Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez' mother Elena Frias, third from left, and brothers Adan, second from left, Argenis, first right, and Adelis, fourth from right, stand next to the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez on display during his wake at a military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • Una partidaria del difunto presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez llora mientras espera para ver el cuerpo frente a la academia militar de Tiuna en Caracas, Venezuela, miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El funeral está previsto para el viernes. (AP Foto/Esteban Felix)