March 5 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELA'S VICE PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO ANNOUNCING DEATH OF CHAVEZ SAYING: "Dear compatriots who are listening to us and can see us throughout the country's territories. Today, 5 of March after participating in the meeting of the council of ministers, we came here to the military hospital to follow the sequence of our Comandante President health. We were receiving information and we were accompanying his daughters, his brother, his family members and we received the hardest and the most tragic of news that we will ever transmit to our people. At 4:25 in the afternoon (local time), today, 5th of March, Comandante President Hugo Chavez Frias died."