Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans joined the crush to view Hugo Chavez's body lying in state in the capital Caracus today.
Responding to the overwhelming demand, and the desire that Chavez should be "always be with the people", it was announced tonight that the leader will remain on display permanently.
ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports from Caracas:
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.