Photos: Hugo Chávez, from military commander to the people’s president

Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president who had battled with cancer for almost two years, died on Tuesday at age 58. Information released in the past few days had revealed the severity of Chávez’s condition, which led to thousands of Venezuelans praying for their president’s health.

These photos capture Chávez as he became Venezuela’s president overnight in 1999. Seven years before, Chávez had tried to overthrow the Venezuelan government—and failed. Until the end, Chávez remained positive with “trust” in Jesus and his people.

Venezuelan general Hugo Chavez walks escorted by military intelligence officers after being arrested for trying to overthrow Venezuela's government in a bloody coup February 5, 1992.
Venezuelan General Hugo Chávez walks escorted by military intelligence officers after being arrested for trying to overthrow Venezuela’s government on Feb. 5, 1992. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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 in February 1992. Chavaz surrendered in the western city of Valencia and was transported to Caracas, where he called his followers to give up their arms.  AP Photo/Ali Gomez, File
Paratroop commander Hugo Chávez talks to reporters at the Venezuelan Defense Ministry after he surrendered in Valencia to troops loyal to the government of Carlos Andres Perez, in February 1992. (AP Photo/Ali Gomez)
Hugo Chavez speaks to people gathered at the Plaza Caracas on Feb. 4, 1998 in Caracas, Venezuela during celebrations for the anniverary of the 1992 coup. A ban on visiting the United States and the scorn of his country s wealthy elite hasn t kept former coup leader Chavez from becoming a hero to millions of Venezuelans or rising to the top of the polls in this year s presidential race. His popularity is provoking predictions of doom from investors and the Venezuelan establishment, which contends that Chavez is a dictator-in-waiting who will bring back failed socialist policies.
Chavez speaks to people gathered at the Plaza Caracas on Feb. 4, 1998 in Caracas, Venezuela during celebrations for the anniverary of the 1992 coup. (AP Photo/Jorge Santo)
Chavez  waves to the crowd after announcing his cadidacy for the presidency in downtown Caracas Plaza, Tuesday, July 29, 1997.  Chavez told about 2,000 supporters in the plaza, ``We are going to win this election with a great popular force, and crush our opponents in their own arena politics.'' Analysts said his chances of winning the Dec. 1998 race are slim.
Chávez waves to the crowd after announcing his cadidacy for the presidency in downtown Caracas Plaza, Tuesday, July 29, 1997. Analysts said his chances of winning the Dec. 1998 race were slim but they were wrong. (AP Photo/Jose Caruci)
Chavez became front runner in the 1998 presidential election. In this photo, Chavez, left, throws a pitch during a baseball game between local artists at the university stadium in Caracas, Venezuela, Oct. 4, 1998.
In this photo, Chávez throws a pitch during a baseball game between local artists at the university stadium in Caracas, Venezuela, Oct. 4, 1998. (AP Photo/Jose Caruci)
President Hugo Chavez, right, talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, during the closing ceremony of  OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 18, 2007.
President Hugo Chavez, right, talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, during the closing ceremony of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
Chavez shows Libya's President Muammar Gaddafi a replica of Venezuelan Independence hero Simon Bolivar's sword after giving it as a gift to Gaddafi in Porlamar, Margarita Island, on Sept. 28, 2009. Chavez decorated Gaddafi with the Simon Bolivar Order.
Chavez shows Libya’s President Muammar Gaddafi a replica of Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar’s sword, after giving it as a gift to Gaddafi in Porlamar, Margarita Island, on Sept. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves to the crowd while riding atop a truck upon his arrival to the elections office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 11, 2012. Chavez rallied thousands of his supporters wearing his signature red beret and blowing kisses to the crowd as he formalized his presidential candidacy and launched his re-election bid. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Chavez rallied thousands of his supporters wearing his signature red beret and blowing kisses to the crowd as he formalized his presidential candidacy and launched his re-election bid on June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, speaks beside his Vice President Nicolas Maduro during a televised speech form his office at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez revealed that his cancer had returned for a second time. Facing his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, he named Maduro as his possible successor.
In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, beside his Vice President, Nicolas Maduro, Chávez revealed during a televised speech that his cancer had returned for a second time. Facing his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, he named Maduro as his possible successor. (AP Photo / Miraflores Press Office, Marcelo Garcia)
FILE - 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 at an unknown location in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Venezuela's government says that President Hugo Chavez's respiratory problems have gotten worse and that the ailing leader is in "very delicate" condition. Venezuela's Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said late Monday, March 4, 2013, in a statement read on national television that the cancer-stricken socialist leader has a "severe infection." (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office, File)
This photo seen round the world was released by the presidential press office showing Chavez with his daughters, Maria Gabriela, left, and Rosa Virginia at an unknown location in Havana, Cuba, where Chávez was treated for his cancer in February 2013. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
People hold up candles and images of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during candlelight vigil to pray for his health as he remains in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The government has not given details about the treatment Chavez is undergoing, and hasn't identified the type or exact location of the tumors that have been removed from his pelvic region.
People hold up candles and images of Chávez during candlelight vigil to pray for his health while he remained in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment on Feb. 22, 2013. The government did not give details about the treatment Chávez was undergoing, and didn’t identify the type or exact location of the tumors that had been removed from his pelvic region. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman holds a candle along with a poster of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at a candlelight vigil to pray for his health as he remains in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Venezuelan government provided an update on Chavez's condition Thursday night, saying that he remained at a military hospital in Caracas and that "the medical treatment for the fundamental illness continues without presenting significant adverse effects." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman holds a candle along with a poster of President Chavez at a candlelight vigil to pray for his health on Feb. 22, 2013. Chávez’s condition had remained secret, leading to protests and rumors about whether he was alive or not. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cries as she learns that Chavez has died through an announcement by the vice president in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced that Chavez died on Tuesday 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 who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor.
A supporter of Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chávez, cries as she learns of his death on Tuesday, March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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