Posted on February 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those who believe Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was murdered appear to officially be right.

Neruda's nephew told a Spanish news agency that an expert analysis, to be published Wednesday, has found that the toxin clostridium botulinum was present in Neruda's body when he died. 

Clostridium botulinum (a bacteria) produces the neurotoxin that causes botulism.

Reyes has long believed that contrary to the official determination that his uncle died of malnutrition and prostate cancer, Neruda was murdered just days after the coup that overthrew the government of his friend, President Salvador Allende.

Read more about the long saga to unveil the true cause of Neruda's death in the Guardian.

Neruda, whom many consider to be the greatest poet writing in the Spanish language during his lifetime, won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his poetry in 1971; his collections include Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair and the three volumes of Residence on Earth.

That said, he's also become known in later years for admitting to raping a woman.

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