06/03/2013 05:57 GMT

Hugo Chavez Dead: Venezuela Mourns President (PICTURES)

Venezuela has declared a week of mourning after the death of president Hugo Chavez on Tuesday.

After 14 years as the country's socialist leader, Chavez passed away following a battle with cancer.

Chavez will lie in state for three days before being given a state funeral on Friday.

Schools, universities and other institutions will be closed so Venezuelans can pay their respects.

Already there has been a huge outpouring of grief across the country.