Updated: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 08:15:00 GMT
Hugo Chávez - life in pictures

His childhood

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Venezuela's vice president has announced that the already ailing President Hugo Chávez has died. His illness took a turn for the worse earlier, with reports that he was fighting 'severe infection'. MSN News had put together a look at his life in photos.

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was born in Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezula, on 28 July, 1954. His parents were both teachers and he had one sibling. Due to his family being very poor, he was raised by his grandmother Rosa Inéz.

Young Chávez was an excellent student, keen on baseball and arts. He got his secondary school degree with scientific orientation in Barinas in 1971 and then entered the Military Academy of Venezuela where he progressed until he reached Lieutenant Colonel.

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