Venezuela’s Chavez dead—VP

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Accompanied by his daughter Rosa Virginia, left, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez gestures to supporters as he leaves the polling station after voting in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

CARACAS—Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced, shortly after Caracas revealed that the cancer-stricken leftist icon was suffering from a severe infection.

“We have received the hardest and most tragic news that… comandante President Hugo Chavez died today at 4:25 p.m.,” Maduro said on state television.

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