Allende’s body exhumed for long-awaited autopsy

Chilean authorities have exhumed the remains of President Salvador Allende to perform an autopsy to determine the circumstances surrounding his death in 1973.

Allende’s family has requested an investigation to determine whether the elected president was killed or committed suicide during the September 1973 coup that brought military dictator Augusto Pinochet to power.

President Allende was found dead in the presidential palace as soldiers supporting the coup closed in and warplanes bombed the building. Official reports said he had killed himself.

His family was not allowed to see the body and there was no official investigation at the time of his death.

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