President Hugo Chávez has passed away.

The president of Venezuela died March 5 at age 58 following a two-year fight with cancer, according to the New York Times.

Chávez had been in office for more than 14 years and had declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela.

With the president having died in office, Venezuela will now hold a new election to replace him within the next 30 days. Meanwhile, there appears to be confusion about who will fill in to lead the country before the election is held.

President Chávez has accused the U.S. over the years of trying to assassinate or undermine him. Upon his death, Vice President Nicolas Maduro gave a speech to the country in which he claimed that the U.S. is trying to destabilize Venezuela.

Let's hope that this transition to the next leader of Venezuela goes smoothly.

Source: New York Times