Hugo Chavez is dead, taken off life support: Cochez claims
The former Ambassador of Panama to the Organization of American States (OAS), Guillermo Cochez, says his sources have confirmed that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is dead.
In an interview with La Estrella, Cochez says Chavez was taken off life support about four days ago and that his daughters gave the orders.
Chavez was in a vegetative state since December 30 or 31, he says.
…Cochez says his sources are within the Venezuelan government and in military circles, and not part of the opposition. He told CNN en Espanol, that Chavez was transported back to Venezuela because Cuban officials did not want him disconnected there. During the transfer he was maintained on life support and was “a vegetable,” Cochez said.
The Venezuelan government is denying the story.
Venezuelan sources tell NBC News that Hugo Chavez is alive and remains hospitalized in Caracas for “severe respiratory insufficiency”. There has been “no change” in his condition.
Rumors like this come around every so often about Fidel Castro so ill give this the 48 hour rule.