Leaders of South America expressed their condolences to the people of Venezuela over the death of Hugo Chavez.
From Brazil to Chile to Peru... leaders, some of whom may not have always agreed with Chavez's firebrand form of socialism, offered their sympathies.
One of his closest allies, Bolivian president Evo Morales, took the condolences one step further.
Chavez's death opens the way for a new election that will test whether his socialist government continues.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's preferred successor, will likely run against centrist opposition leader Henrique Capriles in the upcoming vote, set to happen within 30 days.