Hugo Chavez, adored by many as a hero, was born in 1954, the second son of humble village schoolteachers. After studying at the military academy in
Venezuela has not seen its president since the first week of December. News about his health only leaking out in small doses.
The people were told
When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected last October it was one of the last times he appeared to be healthy, and it now looks unlikely