Pablo Neruda’s story isn’t over. The body of the late Chilean poet is scheduled to be exhumed today from his grave, NPR reports.
As we previously reported, Chile had ordered the investigations of his death, as well as of its former President Salvador Allende. The investigations was part of a larger effort for investigate all human rights violations committed during the reign of General Augusto Pinochet.
The Nobel prize-winning Neruda died on September 23, 1973, after the coup that resulted in Allende’s death and brought Pinochet to power. According to Neruda’s former driver/bodyguard Manuel Araya, the Pinochet regime was responsible for the poet’s death by poison because of his activism and, according to The Guardian, to “avoid the possibility that he would become a renowned voice of dissidence.”
Back in February, a Chilean court had ruled that Neruda’s body would be exhumed for autopsy. Allende's body was also exhumed in 2011, and the official cause of death — suicide – was confirmed.