Body of Venezuelan ex-president going home

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Posted: Oct 03, 2011 10:18 AM
Body of Venezuelan ex-president going home

The body of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez is going home, more than nine months after he died while in exile in Miami.

A casket wrapped in a Venezuelan flag was placed in a hearse Monday to begin the journey to Venezuela. The former president's body has been in a mortuary and a temporary mausoleum in Miami during a bitter family feud that was finally settled in August.

Perez died in December at age 88. He was president from 1974-79 and 1989-93.

A family attorney says the body will be flown to Venezuela on Tuesday for a Wednesday public viewing followed by a funeral mass and burial Thursday.

The feud was between Perez's estranged wife in Venezuela and his longtime companion over where Perez would ultimately be buried.