Among some 30 world leaders and other dignitaries attending Hugo Chavez's funeral are the following:
- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran
- President Raul Castro of Cuba
- President Evo Morales of Bolivia
- President Rafael Correa of Ecuador
- President Dilma Rousseff and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil
- Film actor and director Sean Penn
- President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus
- US civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson
About 50 countries have sent delegations, including the US and Canada.
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.