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Daughter decries 'lies' about Chavez's health

Published on Dec 23, 2012 6:06 AM
A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a picture of him, as he attends a mass to pray for Chavez's health in Caracas Dec 19, 2012.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (AFP) - One of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's daughters took to social media to demand a halt to "lies" about her father's health after rumors circulated the cancer-embattled leader had died.

"Respect for the family and especially fully respect for my people. Enough of the lies! We are next to papa. LIVING, struggling and recovering his health. WITH GOD," Maria Gabriela Chavez wrote in a Twitter message on Friday.

Maria, the second of Mr Chavez's four children, is with the Venezuelan leader in Havana as he recovers from cancer surgery.

Rumours have proliferated online about Mr Chavez's supposed death ever since the 58-year-old president underwent his fourth surgery earlier this month to fight an unspecified cancer.

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