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Hugo brain dead?
Original in Spanish. Computer translation followed by editing by me for clarity. All mistakes are mine.
Guillermo Cochez, Panamanian politician,
Formerly Panama's ambassador to the Organization of American States. He's been harshly critical of Hugo, and the government of Panama cashiered Cochez last month for the statements he made to the OAS about Chavez. More on Cochez at Foreign Policy if you can get past the paywall.
claims that the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez passed away four days after he was removed from an artificial respirator.
That's the claim; seems that Hugo wasn't doing so well before that.
In an interview hosted by CNN Chile, the former ambassador of Panama to the OAS affirmed that on December 30 Chavez was declared to be brain dead while in Cuba, after which he returned to Venezuela in that same state. Cochez claims that this is the reason that Chavez was not visited by different proxies, and he questioned the most recent photographs published of Chavez with his daughters.

The former diplomat claims that the information came from what are "internal sources of the Venezuelan government" and that the information circulated weeks ago. "[I] Challenge to the Venezuelan government to contradict me, and that show president Chavez and thus will be known what I say is true or lie" to clarify the situation to the people of Venezuela.

CNN Chile queried the Department of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela who replied that this version of events is not true and is contradicted by the medical information released at present about the President of Venezuela. They declined to discuss the matter further.
The article also said the Venezuelan government has asked Conchez to "clarify" his remarks, presumably in person.
Cóchez also stated that 4 days after Chavez's daughters asked to disconnect Chavez from the artificial respirator December 30th, Chavez passed away.
Posted by:Steve White

#11  Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Posted by: Odysseus   2013-02-28 23:07  

#10  Kinda makes Yasser Arafat seem like a small timer as long as they've kept Hugo "alive"

Any chance they won't announce his death until he starts to change color and get kinda fuzzy looking from mold?
Posted by: Bill Clinton   2013-02-28 17:03  

#9  Skateboard Park ain't finished yet.
Summer's coming on and electricity is getting scare, But he's our boy and we'll keep his ass on ice.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-02-28 16:12  

#8  He's "Pinin for the Fijords.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-02-28 14:33  

#7  "He's shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the choir invisible."
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226   2013-02-28 11:18  

#6  Told ya. Ex-parrot.
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226   2013-02-28 11:17  

#5  Given the record of the 20th Century, is any Marxist/Communist/Redistributionist not brain dead? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k   2013-02-28 10:59  

#4  a "Bolivarian State of Being"...

Doesn't that require being buried under an air force base tarmac?
Posted by: Pappy   2013-02-28 10:23  

#3  he's not dead, he's just a "Bolivarian State of Being"...kinda like Che
Posted by: Frank G   2013-02-28 09:45  

#2   Hugo Chavez passed away four days after he was removed from an artificial respirator.

Has he begun to stink yet? (More so than normal, that is) stuff Right Guard won't cover.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-02-28 09:22  

#1  Brain Dead? How's that different than the last 5 years?
Posted by: Alanc   2013-02-28 06:50