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AP PHOTOS: Notable deaths in Latin America in 2013

AP PHOTOS: Hugo Chavez, Bebo Valdes, Jorge Rafael Videla: Notable Latin America deaths in 2013

FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, school children play near a fountain at the Anthropology Museum, designed by Mexican architect Pedro Ramirez...
FILE - In this April 27, 2001 file photo, Argentine artist Leon Ferrari waves in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ferrari, a conceptual artist and rights acti...
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 1996 file photo, Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo listens during a Mexico-U.S. drug summit in Mexico City. Gutierrez Rebollo was a...
FILE - This March 26,1996 file photo shows Victor Carranza at an undisclosed location in Colombia. Carranza who was known as Colombia
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2000 file photo, Mexico's Noe Hernandez at the finish of the 20km walk at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. The Mexican athlete who ...
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2000 file photo, Mexican weightlifter Soraya Mendivil Jimenez leaps in the air after making a final lift in the clean and jer...
FILE - In this June 7, 2001 file photo, Jamaican musician Cedric Brooks, left, laughs next to Ska pioneer Johnny "Dizzy" Moore as they talk about thei...
FILE - In this May 15, 2009 file photo, singer and composer Diomedes Diaz waves after singing during the funeral of composer Rafael Escalona in Valled...
FILE - In this July 11, 2012 file photo released by Richie Viera Entertainment, Eddie Perez holds his saxophone as he poses for a portrait at his home...
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2008 file photo, renowned Cuban pianist Ramon "Bebo" Valdes acknowledges applause from the audience before a concert in the Cas...
FILE - This undated file photo courtesy of Fernando Campos, president of The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE), shows theat...
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a picture of the late Mexican actress Carmen Montejo is displayed on an easel during her wake at the Bellas A...
FILE - In this May 27, 2005 file photo, the former boss of Mexico's powerful oil workers union, Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, holds up a lawsuit on corru...
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2008 file photo, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, dissident and former political prisoner, talks during an interview in Havana, Cuba. Esp...
FILE - This undated file photo shows Mapuche Indian leader Nicolasa Quintreman, who became the face of Chile's environmental movement. The body of the...
FILE - In this April 20, 2008 file photo, Pierre Aliker attends the memorial service of close friend, the late French Martinican poet and politician A...
FILE - In this July 13, 2012 file photo, former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla is escorted to a courtroom in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Videla, ...
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2013 file photo,Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, poses for a photo with his daughters, Maria Gabriela, left, and Ros...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, school children play near a fountain at the Anthropology Museum, designed by Mexican architect Pedro Ramirez...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this April 27, 2001 file photo, Argentine artist Leon Ferrari waves in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ferrari, a conceptual artist and rights acti...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 1996 file photo, Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo listens during a Mexico-U.S. drug summit in Mexico City. Gutierrez Rebollo was a...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - This March 26,1996 file photo shows Victor Carranza at an undisclosed location in Colombia. Carranza who was known as Colombia

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2000 file photo, Mexico's Noe Hernandez at the finish of the 20km walk at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. The Mexican athlete who ...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2000 file photo, Mexican weightlifter Soraya Mendivil Jimenez leaps in the air after making a final lift in the clean and jer...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this June 7, 2001 file photo, Jamaican musician Cedric Brooks, left, laughs next to Ska pioneer Johnny "Dizzy" Moore as they talk about thei...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this May 15, 2009 file photo, singer and composer Diomedes Diaz waves after singing during the funeral of composer Rafael Escalona in Valled...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this July 11, 2012 file photo released by Richie Viera Entertainment, Eddie Perez holds his saxophone as he poses for a portrait at his home...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2008 file photo, renowned Cuban pianist Ramon "Bebo" Valdes acknowledges applause from the audience before a concert in the Cas...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - This undated file photo courtesy of Fernando Campos, president of The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE), shows theat...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a picture of the late Mexican actress Carmen Montejo is displayed on an easel during her wake at the Bellas A...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this May 27, 2005 file photo, the former boss of Mexico's powerful oil workers union, Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, holds up a lawsuit on corru...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2008 file photo, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, dissident and former political prisoner, talks during an interview in Havana, Cuba. Esp...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - This undated file photo shows Mapuche Indian leader Nicolasa Quintreman, who became the face of Chile's environmental movement. The body of the...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this April 20, 2008 file photo, Pierre Aliker attends the memorial service of close friend, the late French Martinican poet and politician A...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this July 13, 2012 file photo, former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla is escorted to a courtroom in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Videla, ...

Notable Deaths Latin America & Caribbean 2013

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2013 file photo,Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, poses for a photo with his daughters, Maria Gabriela, left, and Ros...

Some of Latin America's most famous political and artistic figures died in 2013, from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez through Cuban musician Bebo Valdes and former Argentine strongman Jorge Rafael Videla.

Chavez's death on March 5 following a nearly 2-year battle with cancer made the biggest global impact. It robbed the region's left of its most dynamic figure, a colorful, charismatic leader who delighted in challenging the United States and who used his nation's oil wealth to create a network of alliances. He was 58.

Among others who died:

-- Former Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla, who led an Argentine military regime that killed thousands of suspected leftists. The 87-year-old was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity when he died on May 17.

-- Bebo Valdes, 94. The pianist was one of the most important figures in Latin jazz and the father of another, Chucho Valdes. The elder Valdes left Cuba in 1960 and died in Stockholm on March 22.

-- Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, 94. The architect of Mexico's famed Aztec Stadium, national museum of archeology and the Basilica of Guadalupe died on April 16.

-- Alfredo Guevara, the longtime head of Cuba's respected film industry died April 19 at age 87.

-- Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72. The economist who became one of Cuba's best-known dissidents died Sept. 23 in Spain.


Updated : 2021-08-02 20:30 GMT+08:00