Cuban president, Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90.
Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro, with a shaking voice said on state television that his older brother, Fidel died at 10:29 p.m. last November 26, 2016.
Raul shouted the revolutionary slogan: ‘Towards victory, always!’
Fidel was born Aug. 13, 1926, in eastern Cuba’s sugar country.
His Spanish immigrant father worked first recruiting labor for U.S. sugar companies and later built up a prosperous plantation of his own.
Fidel attended Jesuit schools, then the University of Havana, where he received law and social science degrees.
Fidel led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule.
Raul assisted his brother, Fidel, during most of his life.
When Fidel assumed power, Raul became head of the armed forces and served as Cuba’s defense minister and became president in 2008.
Fidel’s power finally began to fade in mid-2006 when a gastrointestinal ailment forced him to hand over the presidency to Raul in 2008, provisionally at first and then permanently.
His defiant image lingered long after he gave up his trademark Cohiba cigars for health reasons and his tall frame grew stooped.
Fidel survived long enough to see Raul Castro negotiate an opening with U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 17, 2014, when Washington and Havana announced they would move to restore diplomatic ties for the first time since they were severed in 1961.
His life as a rebel began in 1953 with a reckless attack on the Moncada military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago. Most of his comrades were killed and Fidel and his brother Raul went to prison.
Fidel turned his trial defense into a manifesto that he smuggled out of jail, famously declaring, ‘History will absolve me.’
Freed under a pardon, Castro fled to Mexico and organized a rebel band that returned in 1956, sailing across the Gulf of Mexico to Cuba on a yacht named Granma.
After losing most of his group in a bungled landing, he rallied support in Cuba’s eastern Sierra Maestra mountains.
Castro’s speeches, lasting up to six hours, became the soundtrack of Cuban life and his 269-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly in 1960 set the world body’s record for length that still stood more than five decades later.