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article imageChile to exhume Pablo Neruda's remains

By Layne Weiss     Feb 9, 2013 in World
A judge in Chile has ordered investigators to exhume the body of Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda as part of an investigation into his death in 1973.
The author of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair died only 12 days after the 1973 military coup which replaced President Salvador Allende with Augusto Pinochet.
In December 2011, President Allende's body was exhumed. He was originally believed to have been killed by soldiers storming Chile's presidential palace and killing him during the coup, but the exhumation revealed he had committed suicide.
The official cause of Neruda's death is "complications from prostate cancer," Bloomberg reports, but in 2011, an investigation into the poet's death was opened. Neruda's driver at the time of his death, Manuel Araya, said Pinochet's henchmen poisoned Neruda because of his allegiance with the former president.
Best known for his poetry, Pablo Neruda was also a member of the Communist Party and served as Chile's ambassador to France, CNN reports.
The date of the exhumation has not yet been determined, BBC News reports. He was a critic of the bloody coup, which he viewed as a betrayal of his country.
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