Chavez demands Bolivar bone test

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said the coffin of 19th Century revolutionary Simon Bolivar should be opened to find out how he died.

Speaking on the anniversary of his hero's death, Mr Chavez said an investigation was needed because some writings suggest he was murdered.

Most accounts maintain Bolivar died from tuberculosis in 1830.

One historian challenged Mr Chavez to produce a single piece of evidence to suggest foul play.

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