Neruda’s death investigated

June 3, 2011

Shortly after the exhumation of Chilean President Salvador Allende, whose long-assumed suicide has now been called into question, the Communist Party of Chile has called for an investigation into the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who also died in 1973, alleging that he may have been poisoned. The BBC reports that while “the poet’s family has always maintained that he died in a Santiago clinic of advanced prostate cancer, aged 69, … his former driver, Manuel Araya Osorio, [has alleged] that agents injected Neruda with poison at the clinic on the orders of General Pinochet, twelve days after the coup.” More here.