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Venezuelans In Miami Area React To Death Of Hugo Chavez

DORAL, FL - MARCH 05: People hold Venezuelan flags as they listen to television sets reporting on the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, at El Arepazo 2 a restaurant in the heart of a neighborhood that has the largest concentration of Venezuelans in the U.S. on March 5, 2013 in Doral, Florida. The Venezuelan government announced today that Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chavez's death mourned, celebrated by Venezuela

The polarizing figure of President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, has led to thousands in Venezuela both mourning his passing, and celebrating his departure. While Chavez was favoured by many for his personality and passionate commitment to keeping U.S. influence out of Venezuela, Chavez was seen by many as an egotistical dictator.