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By The Associated Press
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

SANTIAGO, Chile — The four-decade mystery of whether Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned was seemingly cleared up on Friday, when forensic test results showed no chemical agents in his bones. But his family and driver were not satisfied and said they'll request more proof.

Neruda died under suspicious circumstances in the chaos that followed Chile's 1973 military coup. The official version is that the poet died of cancer. But Neruda's former driver has said for years that dictatorship agents injected poison into the poet's stomach while he was bedridden in the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago.

Neruda's body was exhumed in April to determine the cause of his death.

“No relevant chemical substances have been found that could be linked to Mr. Neruda's death,” Patricio Bustos, the head of Chile's medical legal service, said as he read the test results of the seven-month investigation by the 15-member forensic team.

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