Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, has died.
He died at 4:25 pm on Tuesday.
The announcement was made by a teary vice president, Nicholas Maduro on Tuesday afternoon.
Chavez was 58.
He became president of Venezuela in 1999.
He first announced he had cancer in 2011.
The government has never specified what kind of cancer Chavez had.
Since Chavez underwent surgery, government accounts about his health had been vague.
After some surgeries , Chavez called state television to offer upbeat, if vague, reports on his condition. There had been no such calls in recent weeks, and he had not been seen in public.
The last glimpse Venezuelans had of their leader was last month when the government released a series of photographs that showed a smiling Chavez — his face bloated — lying on a blue pillow, flanked by his two daughters.
The most recent report on his deteriorating condition came earlier this week when Venezuelan Vice President, Nicolas Maduro, told Venezuelans that President Chavez was “battling for his health, for his life.”