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Caracas, Venezuela - Chavez, Undergoing Chemotherapy, Cuts Hair Short

Published on: August 1, 2011 07:44 PM
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In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks during the swearing in ceremony of two new ministers: Culture and Youth in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Chavez appeared with his head shaved on Monday, saying his hair has begun to fall out as a result of his cancer treatment and said he expected his hair to begin falling out as a result of the chemotherapy. "It indicates the treatment is being effective," he said.(AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Office)In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks during the swearing in ceremony of two new ministers: Culture and Youth in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Chavez appeared with his head shaved on Monday, saying his hair has begun to fall out as a result of his cancer treatment and said he expected his hair to begin falling out as a result of the chemotherapy. "It indicates the treatment is being effective," he said.(AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Office)

Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared with his head almost shaved on Monday, saying his hair has begun to fall out because of his cancer treatment.

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Chavez said his chemotherapy has been going well, and he joked about his appearance as he presided over a televised ceremony with Cabinet ministers.

“It’s a new look,” the president said, switching briefly into English with a grin.

The president had said he expected his hair to begin falling out as a result of the chemotherapy. “It indicates the treatment is being effective,” he said.

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor. He hasn’t said what type of cancer he has been diagnosed with or specified where it was located, only that it was in his pelvic region.

On Monday, he denied suggestions it was in the colon, the rectum or the bladder: “None of that is true.”

Chavez underwent an initial round of chemotherapy last month to prevent malignant cells from reappearing. He said he is “preparing myself for a second dose,” but didn’t say when it would begin.

Chavez was animated during the ceremony, breaking into song, taking about German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and recalling an illustrated magazine he enjoyed reading as a child.

He held up a black-and-white photo of himself as a toddler next to his brother, Adan, and joked: “I have the same haircut.”

The 57-year-old leader, a former army officer, said earlier in a phone call on state television that he had asked for a “military cut” as his hair began to fall out.

In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, sat left, speaks during the swearing in ceremony of two new ministers: Culture and Youth in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Chavez appeared with his head shaved on Monday, saying his hair has begun to fall out as a result of his cancer treatment and said he expected his hair to begin falling out as a result of the chemotherapy. "It indicates the treatment is being effective," he said. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Office)In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, sat left, speaks during the swearing in ceremony of two new ministers: Culture and Youth in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Chavez appeared with his head shaved on Monday, saying his hair has begun to fall out as a result of his cancer treatment and said he expected his hair to begin falling out as a result of the chemotherapy. "It indicates the treatment is being effective," he said. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Office)

“I went to bathe and a bit of hair fell out, and last night we called the barber,” said Chavez, whose head bore a few small hairless patches.

He has joked that with his nearly shaved head, he may soon start to look like the late actor Yul Brynner.


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 Aug 01, 2011 at 08:35 PM Anonymous Says:

To the Yidden who are happy to see one of Hashem's creations has cancer, be very careful your own life can turn on a dime too.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 08:30 PM HaNavon Says:

Maybe he should give back all of the money and property to the Venezuelan Jews that he stole when he came to power!

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 08:47 PM yeedle Says:

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Anonymous Says:

To the Yidden who are happy to see one of Hashem's creations has cancer, be very careful your own life can turn on a dime too.

One who survives cancer with surgery chemo and radiation isn't yet a dime
Cancer that is curable isn't the end of the world

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 09:16 PM RightfullyDeserved Says:

he deserves to die a slow painful death

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 09:07 PM Jonson Says:

Every one gets what they deserve!

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 09:48 PM whererurbrains Says:

Let him be a kaparah

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 09:57 PM Brian Says:

Let's just say he deprived other people's human rights. One day he will be judged by G-d. It won't be pretty for him.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 11:03 PM esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

To the Yidden who are happy to see one of Hashem's creations has cancer, be very careful your own life can turn on a dime too.

when a powerful rasha,a sonei yisroel is struck by the aibishter,that is a good thing.

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 01:26 AM VeyIzMir Says:

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Anonymous Says:

To the Yidden who are happy to see one of Hashem's creations has cancer, be very careful your own life can turn on a dime too.

B'Nfol Rishaem Simcha.

While no one is going out in the streets to celebrate, (although many would love to do so), we are all happy to see such a Rasha get his fair share of justice.

It's shameful that you have so much sympathy and love for such a loser.

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 10:02 AM jewishtaliban Says:

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VeyIzMir Says:

B'Nfol Rishaem Simcha.

While no one is going out in the streets to celebrate, (although many would love to do so), we are all happy to see such a Rasha get his fair share of justice.

It's shameful that you have so much sympathy and love for such a loser.

The only thing he is NOT is a loser!

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 11:25 AM VeyIzMir Says:

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jewishtaliban Says:

The only thing he is NOT is a loser!

Lets see.... losing his hair.... possibly losing his life.... yup, definitely a loser!

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