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Images: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Through the Years

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In this July 22, 2006 photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez , right, speak with Cuba's Fidel Castro during their visit to the home of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Cordoba, Argentina.

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In this undated photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez, center, looks at the camera during a military exercise in Venezuela.

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In this July 22, 2010, file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and Argentina's national soccer team coach Diego Armando Maradona embrace upon Maradona's arrival to Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this March 1972 photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez, bottom row, right, poses with his baseball teammates during the internal games at the Military Academy in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this March 7, 2005 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez covers the ears of his grandson Manolito as they watch a display by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) aircrafts at the airport in Bangalore, India.

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In this Nov. 30, 2007 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez arrives to a rally in support of changes to the nation's constitution in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Feb. 21, 2000 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, looks up while being embraced by Spain's Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar during Chavez's visit to the Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain.

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In this April 8, 2001 file photo, Mexico's President Vicente Fox, left, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, and Colombia's President Andres Pastrana shake hands as they pose for a photo in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this undated photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez is seen in a family photo in Barinas, Venezuela.

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In this Oct. 14, 2005 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, talks with Spain's King Juan Carlos, center, as Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero stands at left in Salamanca, Spain.

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In this Nov. 27, 2008 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visit the Admiral Chabanenko, a Russian destroyer docked at La Guaira port, Venezuela.

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In this April 14, 2002 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gestures to supporters as he arrives to Miraflores presidential palace after being freed by his military captors two days after the military announced he had resigned in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Sept. 28, 2000 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left, and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud joke after posing for an official photograph on the final day of the second summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Sept. 21, 2006, file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and U.S. actor Danny Glover wave to a crowd gathered at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York.

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In this April 1971 photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, receives a dagger during his ceremony to enter the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this March 4, 2005 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, talks to India's President, A.P.J Abdul Kalam, right, and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a ceremonial reception in New Delhi, India.

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In this July 15, 2001 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, his wife Marisabel with their daughter Rosa Ines watch a parade on Children's Day in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this undated photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez, right, sings folkloric Venezuelan music during an event at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this undated photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez, right, sits with his brother Adam in Barinas, Venezuela.

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In this July 22, 2010, file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, speaks next to Argentina's national soccer team coach Diego Armando Maradona upon Maradona's arrival to Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Nov. 24, 2004 file photo released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, right, greets Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Tripoli, Libya.

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In this July 5, 1975 photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez, center, poses with his mother Elena Frias and father Hugo de los Reyes Chavez at his graduation from the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Sept. 24, 2008 file photo, Chinese President Hu Jintao, behind right, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, behind left, applaud during an agreement signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

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In this Nov. 19, 2005 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez wears a Mexican sombrero as he sings a Mexican ranchera song at a rally in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Aug. 12, 2001 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Cuba's President Fidel Castro, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez wave to a crowd while touring Canaima National Park in eastern Venezuela in a canoe.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 file photo Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, talks to US actor Sean Penn at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this April 15, 2001 file photo, China's President Jiang Zemin, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez applaud during a welcome ceremony at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela.

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In this Sept. 18, 2006 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wave to the press after inaugurating an oil drill in San Tome, Venezuela.

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In this March 1971 photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez poses for a photo prior to his admission to the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this undated photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez poses as he serves time in the Yare II prison near Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Oct. 23, 2001 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, is greeted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Blair's No.10 Downing Street residence in London.

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In this undated photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Lieutenant Hugo Chavez poses for a photo at the Military Academy in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this July 21, 2006 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, gestures as Cuba's President Fidel Castro looks on during an event in Cordoba, Argentina.

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In this May 30, 2004 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Miraflores presidential palace palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this July 25, 2008 file photo, Spain's King Juan Carlos, right, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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In this Aug. 13, 2006 file photo released by Cuba's Communist daily newspaper Granma, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hold hands as Castro recuperates from surgery in Havana, Cuba.

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In this Oct. 7, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets his supporters at the Miraflores presidential palace balcony in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez, top left, poses with fellow members of the failed coup as they serve time in Yare II jail near Caracas, Venezuela.

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In this Jan. 1, 2011 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, second from left, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez next to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Chile's President Sebastian Pinera at the inauguration ceremony of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Brazil.

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In this May 16, 2008 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez shakes hands with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel before the opening session of the Fifth Latin America and European Summit in Lima.

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In this April 17, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez before the opening session of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

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In this Oct. 26, 2008 file photo, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, center, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez have a light moment prior to their meeting at the Elysee palace in Paris, France.

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In this file photo released on Feb. 15, 2013 by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, poses for a photo with his daughters, Maria Gabriela, left, and Rosa Virginia in Havana, Cuba,

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In this May 22, 2011 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets supporters next to his daughter Maria and grandson Jorge after his radio and television program "Hello President!," his first public appearance after injuring himself while jogging two weeks earlier.

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In this March 31, 2011 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and Bolivia's President Evo Morales, dressed in traditional Quechua indigenous clothing, wave to supporters at a welcoming ceremony for Chavez in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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In this Oct. 12, 2001 file photo released by the Vatican, Pope John Paul II shakes hands with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a private audience at the Vatican City .

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In this Feb. 4, 1992 file photo, paratroop commander Hugo Chavez talks to reporters at the Defense Ministry after he surrendered to the troops loyal to the government of Carlos Andres Perez in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavaz surrendered in the western city of Valencia and was transported to Caracas, where he called his followers to give up their arms.

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Gallery posted: 3/5/2013 6:55 PM

About this Gallery

Images of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist.
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