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Chile’s Neruda Didn’t Die of Cancer, Experts Say

SANTIAGO – The death of Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was not due to cancer, a global team of scientists gathered in Santiago to investigate claims the Nobel laureate was poisoned said Friday.

Neruda was suffering from prostate cancer at the time and cachexia – cancer wasting syndrome – was listed as the official cause of death.

“Cachexia is ruled out. That is clear,” Judge Mario Carroza, who is overseeing the investigation of Neruda’s death, said after meeting with the panel.

The group, which includes recognized authorities from Chile, Spain, the United States, Denmark, Canada and France, has not determined exactly what killed Neruda.

The provisional findings point to a previously undetected toxin, “which in turn requires other studies that will allow us to have a definitive conclusion,” Carroza said.

It is “explicitly certain” that the information on the death certificate “does not reflect reality,” one member of the team, Spanish forensic pathologist Aurelio Luna, told reporters.

Further tests to determine how Neruda died will take about a year, Luna said.

Neruda, an active member of the Communist Party, died on Sept. 23, 1973, 12 days after Gen. Augusto Pinochet toppled Chile’s elected Socialist government in a bloody coup.

The current investigation goes back to mid-2011, which the Chilean Communist Party filed a criminal complaint based on charges by former chauffeur Manuel Araya that Neruda was murdered on Pinochet’s orders.

The poet’s body was exhumed on April 8, 2013, and a previous group of Chilean and international experts concluded seven months later that Neruda had not been poisoned.

Carroza, however, was not fully satisfied and he ordered additional tests.

Investigations of other deaths have established that “crimes” took place at the Santa Maria Clinic – where Neruda died – during the Pinochet dictatorship, Communist Party legal counsel Eduardo Contreras said this week.

The 1982 death of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva, who governed from 1964-1970, at the Santa Marta Clinic after undergoing a routine procedure has been attributed to poisoning.

“Pablo Neruda died in the same clinic, on the same floor, with the same doctors and several of the same nurses,” Contreras said.

The 1971 Nobel Prize winner died as he was preparing to travel to Mexico on a mission to organize opposition to Pinochet, the attorney said.

 

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