On the morning of Nov 26, the younger brother of Fidel Castro and current president of Cuban, Raul Castro, took to state tv to announce that his brother died the night before.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926 in Birán, Holguin Providence, Cuba.
He was the son of a wealthy farmer. He later attended the University of Havana where he studied law.
On July 26, 1953 he led an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada barracks in Cuba and was subsequently arrested and imprisoned.
On his release he fled to Mexico where he met Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who Fidel described as “more than a revolutionary than I am.”
Fidel, aided by the intelligent and brutal Guevara, led another attack against the Batista regime of Cuba and took control of the country in 1959.
Fidel Castro had ruled Cuba for 47 years. In that period, he has survived 10 US Presidents, survived countless assassination attempts, seen Cuba invaded by America, transform Cuba into a nationalist nation, steered Cuba through an embargo and increased the levels of education in Cuba.
Fidel Castro had been at the head of power in Cuba until 2008 when he stepped down as president and subsequently appointed his brother.
The Cuban government has stated they will have 9 days of mourning for the passed leader. He is set to have a state funeral on Dec 4. It was also stated that Fidel would be cremated as “that was his wish”, according to Raul Castro.