Cuban headline reads: So Long, Commander
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Hugo Chavez: Cuba in mourning over leader's death

Venezuela's controversial President Hugo Chavez - who led a left-wing revival across Latin America - has died at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer.

The government of Cuba declared three days of national mourning in response to his death, saying that Chavez had "stood by Fidel [Castro] like a true son" - referring to Cuba's former president, who stepped down in 2006 due to ill-health.

The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Havana said that the streets in Cuba were "eerily quiet" as people learned of Chavez's passing.

  • 06 Mar 2013
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