Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II recalled that Chavez and the people of Venezuela donated 200 million gallons of heating oil to the group he heads, Citizens Energy, which distributes oil to lower income families in 25 states and Washington, D.C.

Kennedy, who is a nephew to the late President John F. Kennedy, said Chavez cared about the poor.

He said his prayers go out to Chavez's family and the Venezuelan people.