Rev. Jesse Jackson will attend the state funeral for Hugo Chavez in Caracas on Friday. Fox News notes that Jackson “was presented with the Liberator’s Award by Chavez in 2005, and spoke to the Venezuelan Parliament as part of the ceremony.”

More from Jackson’s mournful and affectionate Facebook note about the Venezuelan tyrant:

I extend my deepest condolences to his family and along with people around the globe, am deeply saddened by his passing. During this sad and difficult moment in the lives of all those affected by this unfortunate news, we most always remember that God is our refuge and strength. I join the people of Venezuela, especially the family and friends of President Chavez, in mourning this global leader.