Solving a mystery

In a bit of interesting (if gross) news, poet Pablo Neruda's body is going to be exhumed and tested for evidence of poisoning, according to Time. Neruda's family has always maintained that he died at age 69 of advanced prostate cancer, but a judge in Chile has ordered the autopsy in response to allegations made by Manuel Araya, Neruda’s chauffeur and assistant, who suggested that the poet might have been poisoned. Neruda died less than two weeks after the 1973 military coup that removed president Salvador Allende and installed Augusto Pinochet, and there have long been rumors that he was killed over his outspoken anti-Pinochet stance—rumors that this autopsy should finally prove or disprove.
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