Chilean Judge Mario Carroza, after convening an international panel of experts and conducting an authoritative autopsy, has concluded that the late President Salvador Allende took his own life, with an AK-47 assault rifle, while defending the presidential palace in the country's 1973 coup.
Carroza ruled out the possibility that a soldier or bodyguard killed the late president. He also disproved a range of other myths surrounding Allende's death 38 years ago.
COMMENT: Allende was among 726 people who died or disappeared when General Augusto Pinochet seized power, and whose cases were processed through the courts since then. Carroza is reviewing these cases under a new mandate from the Supreme Court.