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
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.