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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died Mar. 5 at 58, bringing to an end the adventurous life of one of Latin America’s most confounding personalities. Here are nine of our favorite facts about El Comandante:

1. Chávez banned Coke Zero in Jun. 2009, claiming the low-calorie cola was unhealthy — but he didn’t elaborate on why. “The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans,” he told a government news agency as reported by Reuters.

2. He also vowed to ban Halloween during his weekly TV and radio show, Aló Presidente, in October 2005 — calling the holiday an “imperialist terror” and part of the American tradition of “putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people.”

3.lifelong baseball fan, he threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Mets game at Shea Stadium during a Jun. 1999 visit to the U.S. a few…

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