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 Aug. 12, 2001 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Cuba's President Fidel Castro, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez wave to a crowd while touring Canaima National Park in eastern Venezuela in a canoe. 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/HO, Miraflores Presidential Palace, Egilda Gomez, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2001 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Cuba's President Fidel Castro, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez wave to a crowd while touring Canaima National Park in eastern Venezuela in a canoe. 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/HO, Miraflores Presidential Palace, Egilda Gomez, File)

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