Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died today after a long battle with cancer.
He was 58 years old.
In a national broadcast, Maduro said Chavez died Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. (3:55 p.m. ET).
Flanked by Cabinet ministers, Maduro teared up as he announced the news.
“We must unite now more than ever,” he said, calling on Venezuelans to remain peaceful and respectful.
In the coming hours, Maduro said, plans for Chavez’s funeral would be announced.
He did not specify when elections would be held.
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