Venezuelan governor, former defence minister, dies 

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Caracas  Published: May 23, 2021, 01:24 PM(IST)

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No cause was listed and García Carneiro himself had been active on social media sites in recent days, giving no sign of problems. He appeared with Maduro at an event on Thursday

A Venezuelan state governor, who once served as defence minister for former President Hugo Chavez has died, officials said on Saturday. 

Gen Jorge Luis García Carneiro was 69. 

The death was confirmed in a string of tweets from senior officials, including President Nicolás Maduro, who called him 'a friend, a brother for life’. 

No cause was listed and García Carneiro himself had been active on social media sites in recent days, giving no sign of problems. He appeared with Maduro at an event on Thursday. 

The general served as defence minister from January 2004 to July 2005 and also held other cabinet posts, as well as serving as governor of La Guaira state since 2008 for the governing socialist party. 

He was among four Venezuelan governors sanctioned by the US. 

Treasury Department in February 2019 for alleged 'endemic corruption' and blocking aid shipments backed by the US and domestic opposition. 

He is survived by his wife and five children.  

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