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article imageBody of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed in April

By Layne Weiss     Mar 14, 2013 in World
Santiago - A court in Chile has set a date for the exhumation of Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda's body to determine if he was poisoned to death in 1973. His body will be exhumed on April 8.
Neruda, a left-wing activist, died 12 days after a military coup which replaced President Salvador Allende with Augusto Pinochet.
The body of Salvador Allende was exhumed in 2011. He was originally believed to have been killed by soldiers during the military coup, but the exhumation revealed he had committed suicide.
According to the AFP, Neruda was originally believed to have died of prostate cancer.
In 2011, however, officials began looking into the possibility that he may have been poisoned by agents of Pinochet.
Earlier this year, a judge ordered investigators to exhume the body of the poet, but no date had been decided on.
"Neruda's remains will be exhumed on April 8," a judicial source told the AFP on Tuesday.
Best known for his poetry, Pablo Neruda was also a member of Chile's Communist Party and also served as Chile's ambassador to France.
According to BBC News, experts from Argentina and Spain will be joining observers from the International Red Cross to oversee and help with the exhumation.
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