Hundreds of thousands flocked on to the streets to see the coffin of Hugo Chavez.

Body of 'El Comandante' lies in state

Thousands flocked to the streets of Caracas to see the coffin of Chavez travel through the city to lie in state until Friday's funeral.

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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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Venezuela mourns death of South America's strongman

Tens of thousands of mourners have packed the streets of Venezuela's capital to see the coffin of President Hugo Chavez being paraded through the city.

'Comandante' Chavez dominated politics in Venezuela for longer than any other democratically-elected leader in the Americas, and many loved him for it.

ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports on the extraordinary scenes from Caracas:

Venezuelans mourn death of leader Hugo Chavez

The coffin of President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas
The coffin of President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro consoles a mourner
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro consoles a mourner Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuelan riot police hold back mourners hoping to ctach a glimpse of Hugo Chavez's coffin travelling through the streets of Caracas
Venezuelan riot police hold back mourners hoping to ctach a glimpse of Hugo Chavez's coffin travelling through the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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
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

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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.

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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
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.

Hugo Chavez's casket paraded through streets

President Hugo Chavez's casket has been seen in public for the first time.

A priest led a short service honouring the leader before the casket was carried into a crowded street in the capital Caracas and loaded onto a hearse.

A priest leads a short service in honour of the former president
A priest leads a short service in honour of the former president Credit: Reuters/VTV
Hugo Chavez's casket is loaded onto the hearse before being driven through the streets of Caracas
Hugo Chavez's casket is loaded onto the hearse before being driven through the streets of Caracas Credit: Reuters/VTV
Crowds line the route
Crowds line the route Credit: Reuters/VTV
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