Here is a look at the life of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela from 1998 to 2013.
Personal: Birth date: July 28, 1954
Death date: March 5, 2013
Birth place: Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela
Birth name: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias
Father: Hugo Chavez, school teacher
Mother: Elena (Frias) Chavez, school teacher
Marriages: Marisabel Rodríguez de Chavez (December 1997- 2004, divorce); Nancy Colmenares de Chavez (divorced mid-1990s)
Children: with Marisabel Chavez: Rosa Inés; with Nancy Chavez: Rosa Virginia, María Gabriela, Hugo Rafael, Raúl Alfonzo
Education: Military Academy of Venezuela in Caracas, 1975
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Closely aligned with Fidel Castro of Cuba.
Timeline: 1975 - Joins Venezuela's Army.
1990 - Lieutenant Colonel in the Venezuelan Army.
February 4, 1992-March 26, 1994 - Is imprisoned for a coup attempt against President Carlos Andres Perez.
1994 - Forms the Fifth Republic Movement, a political opposition group.
December 6, 1998 - Is elected the youngest president in Venezuela's history.
February 2, 1999 - Is sworn in as president of Venezuela.
1999 - Chavez's government creates a new constitution. It passes in a vote on December 15, 1999.
July 30, 2000 - Wins re-election to the presidency for a six-year term, under the new constitution.
April 8, 2002 (week of) - Demonstrations break out across Venezuela due to an economic crisis. Sixteen demonstrators are killed as well as one police officer on April 11 in Caracas.
April 12, 2002 - Chavez says he will "abandon his duties" and Pedro Carmona Estanga becomes President. On the following day, demonstrations force Carmona to resign and Diosdado Cabello, Chavez's vice president, takes over for one day.
April 14, 2002 - Chavez is reinstated as president.
August 20, 2003 - Opposition groups present election officials with approximately 2.7-3.2 million signatures calling for the removal/recall of Chavez from the presidency.
June 3, 2004 - The National Electoral Council of Venezuela announces that Chavez's opponents have collected enough valid signatures to force a recall vote.