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Family Says Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Was Poisoned After Pinochet’s 1973 Coup

HeadlineFeb 14, 2023

In Chile, forensic experts have found famed poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda died of poisoning — not cancer — in September 1973, according to his nephew. Neruda’s sudden death came just 12 days after General Augusto Pinochet took power in a U.S.-backed military coup that overthrew democratically elected President Salvador Allende; Neruda was a close friend of Allende. Neruda’s body was exhumed in 2013 after his former driver for decades claimed he was poisoned by a stomach injection administered by doctors under the dictatorship.

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