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Pablo Neruda: Chile exhumes poet’s body in murder probe

Published: April 8, 2013 | 1:33 pm
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(CNA)- Forensic experts in Chile are exhuming the remains of the poet, Pablo Neruda, who died in 1973. The Chilean authorities want to establish whether he died of cancer or was poisoned on the orders of Chile’s military ruler, Gen Augusto Pinochet, BBC News reports.

Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize winner, was a member of the Communist Party and a staunch supporter of ousted Chilean president Salvador Allende.

He died aged 69 just 12 days after Gen Pinochet’s coup against Mr Allende.

In 2011, Chile started investigating allegations by his former driver and personal assistant, Manuel Araya, that Mr Neruda had been poisoned.

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