The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday may have actually happened earlier in Cuba, according to claims by the Spanish newspaper ABC.
ABC claims that Chavez, who had returned to Venezuela last month following cancer surgery and a two-month recovery period in Cuba, was sent back in his last hours after his condition continued to deteriorate amid respiratory complications.
Chavez’s was reported dead around 4:30 p.m. local time, but ABC said its sources close to the medical team reported that the death actually occurred several hours earlier at around 7:00 a.m.
The alleged purpose of the delayed reporting was to conceal the last-minute efforts to save Chavez’s life and the subsequent transfer of his body back to Venezuela, thus providing the government time to carefully manage the announcement of his death.
This scenario is consistent with the level of secrecy that had surrounded Chavez’s illness over the past two years during which the government declined to disclose what type of cancer he had or provide detailed information about his health status.
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