Dozens of people were injured in a crush today as hundreds of thousands of people queued to see the mortal remains of Hugo Chavez.
A continuous stream of mourners filed past the leader's open casket in the Military Academy in Venezuela's capital Caracas.
Outside the Academy, riot police struggled to maintain order and were seen carrying away several people injured in the crush.
Barriers failed to hold back the surge of people, some of whom had waited for more than 18 hours to bid their leader farewell.
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.