It has also now been confirmed that Neruda did not die of cancer, as had been previously thought.
Cancer Didn’t Kill Pablo Neruda, Panel Finds. Was It Murder? – Pascale Bonnefoy – New York Times – 10/21/17
“A former diplomat and senator from the Communist Party, Neruda died at 69 on Sept. 23, 1973, two weeks after a military coup toppled the leftist government of Salvador Allende. Cancer was reported as the cause of death.
“But in 2011, his former driver, Manuel Araya, asserted in an interview with a Mexican magazine that doctors at the private clinic in Santiago where Neruda was being treated poisoned him by injecting an unknown substance into his stomach. Mr. Araya did not witness the injection, but he said that Neruda described it to him from his deathbed when the two men were alone.”
A deadly form of bacteria has been found in one of Neruda’s molars. An investigation is underway. We will hopefully know more within a year.