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Chavez was the best friend to the poor of his country. He spent lots petro-dollars on them because he came from them and really wanted to help them, and also did it to stay in power. But he is to be commended for helping the poorest in his country.
On the other hand Venezuela's economy is in shambles, has one of the worlds largest fiscal defecits, highest inflation rates, fastest growing debt, widespread food shortages. He promised to stamp out corruption but his allies, families, and friends have amassed enormous wealth through corrupt deals with the government.
Another..."crazy person"...to replace him seems likely. About America giving him cancer, he was regularly telling his people that America was out to overthrow him, no proof ever provided, he did it to divert attention to his failed domestic policies. The next guy may be even crazier.