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The Mystery Surrounding Pablo Neruda's Death Continues

By Harriet Staff
Pablo Neruda

BBC News adds another kernel to the mystery surrounding legendary Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's death. Although authorities have claimed that he died of cancer, a recent exhumation suggests something closer to what Neruda's driver and close friends have long argued: that the poet was poisoned by secret service agents. BBC News's article begins with a bold assertion that contrasts with the original report: "Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of prostate cancer, forensic experts have said." From there: 

The Nobel Laureate was said to have died of cancer in 1973, less than two weeks after a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. 

But his former driver Manuel Araya maintains he actually died after being poisoned by the secret service.

New tests on Neruda's remains have now confirmed he did not die of cancer, but have yet to reveal the actual cause.

Dr Aurelio Luna told a press conference the experts were "100% convinced" that the death certificate "does not reflect the reality of the death".

The poet was suffering from prostate cancer, but it was not life-threatening - leading the 16 international experts to conclude a third party could have possibly been involved.

Read on at BBC News.

Originally Published: October 23rd, 2017
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