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Supporters salute Hugo Chavez

A supporter salutes as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state Credit: Reuters

Supporters the late Venezuelan President have been paying their respects as the body of Hugo Chavez is lying in state at the military academy in Caracas.

Mourners cry as they pay their respects as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state Credit: Reuters
A woman is comforted as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state Credit: Reuters

Hugo Chavez 'died of heart attack'

The head of Venezuela's presidential guard says a heart attack killed a suffering Hugo Chavez, the Associated Press reports.

General Jose Ornella also said Chavez mouthed his desire to live during his final moments:

He couldn't speak, but he said it with his lips ... 'I don't want to die. Please don't let me die,' because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country.

Venezuelan authorities have not said what kind of cancer Chavez had or specified exactly where tumors were removed.

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales joins mourners

Bolivia's President Evo Morales accompanied Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro and crowds of mourners to follow Hugo Chavez's casket through the streets of Caracas.

Morales was one of Chavez's closest allies and the two socialist leaders shared many political aims.

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Bolivia's President Evo Morales join the mourners in the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Security Council holds minute's silence for Chavez

Members of the UN Security Council have held a minute's silence in honour of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, according to reporters at the UN.

The request was reportedly made by Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

Parade route of Hugo Chavez's casket

Hugo Chavez's casket is being transported through the streets of Venezuela's capital Caracas to the military academy, where is will lie in state on Thursday.

See an interactive map here.

The parade route of Hugo Chavez's coffin through Caracas Credit: El Universal/Google Maps

Grieving multitudes are lining the streets of the parade route, many shouting "Chavez to the pantheon!" - referring to a mausoleum he had built to house the remains of independence hero Simon Bolivar.

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