The AP just told my phone that Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro says that President Hugo Chavez has died. Chavez was 58, and suffering from cancer.
At the risk of coming off as some sort of commie extremist, I have to say that I kinda admired Chavez. Yeah, he was a bit of an authoritarian, but by historic Latin American standards, not so much. And I didn't agree with all of his actions and policies. But for all his demagoguery he was a man of the people who appeared to have the interests of the people at heart, and not just the interests of the wealthy elite.
Assuming we don't later find evidence of mass graves and massive corruption, I'm guessing history will probably treat Chavez a helluva lot better than the American news media ever did.