Chilean forensic experts successfully exhumes body of poet Neruda

ISLA NEGRA, Chile (AP) - Chilean forensic experts have exhumed the body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda to solve a four-decade mystery about his death.

The official version is that the poet died of cancer, but his driver and others believe he was poisoned by the military dictatorship.

Patricio Bustos, head of Chile's medical legal service says Neruda's body is in good shape after the one-hour exhumation on Monday. His remains are being taken to the capital for tests.

Neruda was also a leftist politician and he would have been would have been an influential voice in exile against the dictatorship, but he died 12 days after the 1973 military coup at a Santiago hospital.

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