Report: Chavez’s cancer has ‘entered the end stage’

May 30, 2012
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A special report from Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of HDNet’s Dan Rather Report

By Dan Rather | HDNet – 7 hrs ago

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This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has “entered the end stage”.  The information and the quote come from a highly respected source close to Chavez and who is in a position to know his medical condition and history. This source says the prognosis is dire and that Chavez  is now not expected to live “more than a couple of months at most.”  Chavez is running for re-elec tion in Venezuela but several sources–including the one who revealed  the exact kind of cancer– have told me that they believe it is doubtful the dictator will live to see the results.

Voting is scheduled for October 7th. Chavez has been treated three times in Cuba but the exact kind of cancer has been a closely guarded state secret.

Reporter’s note: There is only one source for identifying the cancer and for the prognosis quoted in the first part of the above story.  This is a person whom your reporter has very good reason to trust, but you  should know that there is only one source so far; no other immediate confirmation.  All sources asked for and were granted anonymity because to reveal their names could place them in danger or, at the very least cost them their positions.

One Response to “ Report: Chavez’s cancer has ‘entered the end stage’ ”

  1. MICHAEL COLLINS on May 31, 2012 at

    This is a sad situation for Haiti.

    While the Americans may not like Chavez, he has been a very good friend of the Haitian people. Unlike many other, so called friends, when Chavez says he will do something, he does it.

    On the other hand, we have Bill Clinton raise $333,000,000.00 or more and do very little. He ate up something like $70,000,000 in travel expenses. Just take this figure and divide by $1000.00 – and expensive return ticket to Haiti, and see how many flights should be involved in His fantasy.

    Leogane got a few of the Katrina trailers, banned from use in the States because of toxic materials. Tried to use for schools here but kids got nauseated sitting in them. Perhaps they will get cancer later.

    Cost Clinton $2,000,000 to move them here. My friends would have done this for nothing.

    Chavez’s death will be a big loss.

    Clinton’s would not even be commented upon – politely – should he fall under a bus.