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"Chavez is life!" - adulation in overdrive on Venezuelan media

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez react while watching a government national TV broadcast with news about the president's health in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez react while watching a government national TV broadcast with news about the president's health in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez react while watching a government national TV broadcast with news about the president's health in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files
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Followers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez paint a poster in support of him in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. Chavez, who is fighting to recover from cancer surgery, has been the dominant figure in Venezuela since he won power 14 years ago, forging a passionate following based on his charisma, humble birth and massive social spending. His new absence in Cuba - and the possibility that after his fourth operation in 18 months he could die or be unable to continue as president - has sent a shockwave through supporters. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files

Followers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez paint a poster in support of him in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. Chavez, who is fighting to recover from cancer surgery, has been the dominant figure in Venezuela since he won power...more

Followers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez paint a poster in support of him in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. Chavez, who is fighting to recover from cancer surgery, has been the dominant figure in Venezuela since he won power 14 years ago, forging a passionate following based on his charisma, humble birth and massive social spending. His new absence in Cuba - and the possibility that after his fourth operation in 18 months he could die or be unable to continue as president - has sent a shockwave through supporters. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files
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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez react while watching a government national TV broadcast with news about the president's health in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez react while watching a government national TV broadcast with news about the president's health in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS...more

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez react while watching a government national TV broadcast with news about the president's health in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)
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T-shirts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are hang as Chavez supporters stamp t-shirts reading "Chavez, now more than ever we're with you" in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

T-shirts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are hang as Chavez supporters stamp t-shirts reading "Chavez, now more than ever we're with you" in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

T-shirts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are hang as Chavez supporters stamp t-shirts reading "Chavez, now more than ever we're with you" in Caracas in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files
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