Chilean poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed after 40 years because his driver suggested that the Nobel-prize winner could have been poisoned. The former chauffer, Manuel Osorio claims the assassination of the poet might have been requested by the agents of General Augusto Pinochet, the Associated Press relates.
40 years after he was buried, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed to verify whether he died of natural causes or whether he was killed. The decision was taken after his former driver, Manuel Osorio declared that the late poet might have been poisoned out of General Augusto Pinochet’s order.
The former chauffer further declared that the poet was intoxicated during the period of time he was hospitalized at the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago. In his opinion, the doctors curing the Noble prize winner have injected the poison in his stomach. Although he has no proofs supporting his declaration, Osorio is convinced that the poet’s murder was ordered by the general.
The motifs that might have determined Pinochet to order Neruda’s assassination remain unknown, but the Chilean government is willing to pay more attention to the investigation of the case. In fact, the poet’s grave will be opened in the following days and his body will be subject to closer medical analyses to determine the exact cause of his death.
Pablo Neruda, born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Two years later, he passed away and his family declared that the cause of his death was the prostate cancer he had been suffering from for a long period of time. The poet was buried in Isla Nera beside his third wife, Matilde Urrutia.
Pablo Neruda is internationally known for his love poems and the numerous literature prizes he has won. His poems sound great even when translated in various languages, which is why, Colombian novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez described him as “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language”.