Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 06, 2005

Rafael Cabrices, 60, a militant backer of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez who became a political symbol after he was caught on video firing a handgun at unseen enemies shortly before a 2002 coup, died Tuesday of a heart attack.

Mr. Chavez eulogized him, saying he was "a good revolutionary." To some other Venezuelans, Mr. Cabrices was one of the "gunmen of Llaguno Bridge" in Caracas, who fired from that spot during a protest by opposition marchers demanding Mr. Chavez's resignation.

Mr. Chavez was driven from office shortly after that April 11, 2002, protest, but within two days was restored to power with the help of loyalist military officers. Images of Mr. Cabrices firing from the bridge were repeatedly played by Venezuelan television stations in the days of the coup.

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