Read the article on WSJ for who he was and what and how he did. Let me make a brief note on his impact on Venezuelan democracy.
Venezuelan people supports democracy. According to Latinobarometro poll (2011) (p.40), 77 percent of Venezuelan people responded that they prefer democracy to any other types of government. This is one of the achievements Hugo Chavez made, I believe. He brought the people in the politics. Let us see how Venezuela will go.