The politician underwent his fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba last month (Dec12), and on Sunday (30Dec12), Vice President Nicolas Maduro issued an update on Chavez's condition.
Maduro spoke in a televised address from Havana shortly after visiting the president. He said, ""Several minutes ago we were with President Chavez. We greeted each other and he himself referred to these complications. The president gave us precise instructions so that, after finishing the visit, we would tell the (Venezuelan) people about his current health condition. President Chavez's state of health continues to be delicate, with complications that are being attended to, in a process not without risks.""
Hollywood actor Sean Penn showed his support for his friend by flying to the country last month (Dec12) to attend a candlelit vigil in Bolivia on the day before Chavez's operation.