Hugo Chavez, socialist dictator of the South American nation of Venezuela, has died. Chavez served as president of the country for 14 years and had been fighting the cancer that took his life for two years. His death was announced Tuesday by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Though some looked at the man as a hero for the impoverished, many major nations, the United States definitely included, viewed Chavez as someone to watch out for, if not necessarily an enemy. An election for the now vacant presidency will be held within the month, and Nicolas Maduro is easily favorite to win that contest.