Fidel Castro, who led his native Cuba for nearly half a century and was the world’s third longest-serving head of state, has died at the age of 90.
With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that the Communist revolutionary died on Friday night.
World leaders have paid tributes to the revolutionary, who came to power in 1959 and survived an estimated 600 assassination attempts, with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev praising him for ‘strengthening’ his island nation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin described him as a ‘symbol of an era’, and said he was a ‘distinguished statesman’.
Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother in 2008, told Cubans in the television announcement: ‘Today, November 25, at 10.29pm, the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, passed away.
‘In compliance with the expressed will of Companion Fidel, his remains will be cremated