Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died today at the age of 58, leaving behind a term he began just shy of two months ago and an uncertain future for his nation.
The death of Hugo Chavez came as no surprise worldwide, as the leader had been fighting a battle with cancer for some time. And Chavez’s passing was also expected imminently, as advisors to the Venezuelan president indicated in recent days that the famed coup leader had taken a decidedly poor turn as of late.
If Chavez’s life and leadership proved controversial, so too was the reaction to his death at 58. Users on Twitter provided an interesting barometer as to public sentiment over Chavez’s passing, in what was certainly a mixed set of opinions worldwide.
Some negative tweets included:
— memeorandum (@memeorandum) March 6, 2013
Chavez:You’re not supposed to say things about dead people unless it’s good.Well he’s dead.Good.
— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) March 6, 2013
Can a Hugo Chavez fan explain to me how the socialist hero wound up with $2 Billion in personal wealth? I’m a little confused. #HugoChavez
— RB (@RBPundit) March 6, 2013
Kinder sentiment was also expressed:
Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health education 4 all
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2013
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) March 6, 2013
Hugo Chavez on racism and his pride in identifying as an African descended person. twitter.com/freedomrideblo…
— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) March 6, 2013
As Hugo Chavez dies, how did your Twitter feed react?