Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is dead. At age 58, the polarizing president of Venezuela lost his long battle with cancer. The country’s vice president made the announcement today. Chavez’s cancer diagnosis was first announced in June 2011, however no details were ever revealed about what kind of cancer he had. Chavez had recently returned from Cuba where he was said to have undergone surgery. Chavez considered former Cuban leader Fidel Castro a mentor, and was strongly opposed to the United States. There have been no announcement as to when elections will be held. Under Hugo Chavez’s administration, Belize benefitted from programmes such as Mission Milagro which sends Belizeans suffering from eye troubles to Venezuela for surgery free of cost.