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Body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda being exhumed to clear up suspicion about how he died after Chile's military coup

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The body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda is being exhumed this weekend in an effort to clear up four decades of suspicion about how he died in the days after Chile's military coup.

A team of investigators is to begin digging today at Isla Negra, a rocky outcropping on the Pacific Coast where Neruda lived.

But forensic experts say there's little hope that the exhumation will answer the question of whether one of the greatest poets of the 20th century died of natural causes as was recorded, or if he was poisoned by the military dictatorship as his driver and some others believe.

Officially, Neruda died at the Santa Maria Clinic on Sept. 23 from natural causes related to the emotional trauma of the coup

But suspicions that the dictatorship had a hand in the death have lingered long after Chile returned to a democracy in 1990.

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