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Documents released by Chile's Interior Ministry acknowledge, for the first time, that it is "quite possible" that the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was assassinated. These claims give support to Neruda's former driver's claims that the poet – whom Gabriel Garcia Marquez called "the greatest poet of the 20th century – in any language," was assassinated on orders of Gen. Augusto Pinochet and didn't die of leukemia or from prostate cancer, as was commonly believed. He was born Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto in 1904 and died in 1973 . He started writing poetry at 10, and when he was 16, he changed his name to Pablo Neruda, probably after the Czech writer Jan Neruda. Like millions in Latin America – and across the world – once I read Neruda, he became part of my life.Neruda died only 12 days after the coup.Officially, Neruda died of leukemia. Pinochet, however, only killed Neruda.
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