Chavez both beloved, reviled

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was regarded widely by scholars as one the most polarizing political figures the Western Hemisphere has seen in a generation.

FILE - In this April 8, 2001 file photo, Mexico's President Vicente Fox, left, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, and Colombia's President Andres Pastrana shake hands as they pose for a photo in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 that Chavez has died at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

FILE - In this April 8, 2001 file photo, Mexico's President Vicente Fox, left, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, and Colombia's President Andres Pastrana shake hands as they pose for a photo in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 that Chavez has died at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

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