Fidel Castro Passes Away

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro aged 90 has died today of ill health. Castro’s death comes just months after the Communist revolutionary predicted that he would die soon. Fidel’s younger brother Raul Castro announced on state television that his brother died at 10:29 p.m. on Friday night.

Fidel Castro made his last official appearance before the country’s Communist Party in April, asking party members to help his ideas survive after he died.

Castro handed power to his brother Raul after he required emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding. He then stated that communism would retain its hold on Cuba, even as its leaders began to die and age and relations with the US continued to thaw.

Fidel Castro’s death comes the same year Cuba and the United States announced they would restore diplomatic and economic ties.

Castro was born on August 13, 1926, in eastern Cuba’s sugar country. His life as a rebel began in 1953 with a reckless attack on the Moncada military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago.

By the time Castro resigned 49 years after his triumphant arrival in Havana, he was the world’s longest ruling head of government, aside from monarchs.

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