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Venezuela opens Bolivar's tomb to examine remains

Venezuela opens Bolivar's tomb to examine remains

Hugo Chavez has opened the coffin of his idol Simon Bolivar as Venezuela investigates the president's suspicions of foul play in the South American independence hero's death nearly two centuries ago.
Chavez announced the exhumation of Bolivar's remains Friday and displayed the intact skeleton briefly on national television, saying he wept when he saw the bones of the inspiration for his Bolivarian Revolution.
While historians have generally concluded that Bolivar died of tuberculosis in 1830, Chavez has another theory - that Bolivar was murdered - even though he acknowledges it may not be possible to prove.
State television showed footage of white-clad officials opening the coffin. Specialists will carry out DNA testing on the remains, which were well-preserved and include teeth in "perfect" shape, hair, remnants of a shirt and boots, Chavez said.


Updated : 2021-05-11 13:39 GMT+08:00