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Venezuela’s Chavez dies; nation roiling

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday afternoon after a long struggle with cancer, the government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis that grew more acute as he languished for weeks, silent and out of sight in hospitals in Havana and Caracas.

With his voice cracking and close to tears, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said that he and other officials had gone to the military hospital where Chavez was being treated, sequestered from the public, when ‘‘we received the hardest and most tragic information that we could transmit to our people.’’

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