Allende Family Requests Exhumation

HeadlineApr 13, 2011

In Chile, the family of former Chilean President Salvador Allende has asked for his body to be exhumed to help determine the cause of his 1973 death. Allende was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup. His official cause of death was listed as suicide, but it has long been speculated he was assassinated by the forces of General Augusto Pinochet. Allende’s daughter, Isabel Allende, spoke to the media.

Isabel Allende: “We requested the exhumation and autopsy. I think it’s the most rigorous and definitive proof to clear up the causes of his death, and we think this is going to be tremendously important.”

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