I don't have too much to add to what others have been saying about Hugo Chavez (whose death I predicted, not that it took much prescience). The only thing I can't understand is those--and there are many--eulogizing him as a great man and a great leader.
I don't care if you think this is some sort of left/right thing (and it shouldn't be), just paying for social programs (by confiscating other people's money and keeping a billion or so for yourself) and attacking the United States regularly doesn't make you great, or even good.
Chavez not only clamped down on basic freedoms, but brought tremendous violence and, indeed, poverty to his country. Here's hoping Venezuela finds a way out of this disastrous path that their leader for life led them down.