In his last tweet on 18th February, Hugo Chavez affirmed his trust in his doctors and was hopeful for his recovery:
Sigo aferrado a Cristo y confiado en mis médicos y enfermeras. Hasta la victoria siempre!! Viviremos y venceremos!!!
The tweet translates as; "I still cling to Christ and trust in my doctors and nurses. Ever onward to victory! We will live and overcome!"
Translation: Google translate.
More than 20 world leaders are expected to attend the funeral today, but there will be no burial as he will be embalmed.
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.
A look back at the life of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who has died at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.