Fidel Castro dead aged 90, Cuba’s former president

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From Mail Online

By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAVE BURKE FOR MAILONLINE

Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro dies aged 90: Brother Raul announces former Cuban president’s death on state television just months after he said he ‘would die soon’

  • Castro died at 10.29pm on Friday night, his brother Raul Castro announced on Cuban state TV
  • The controversial leader led Cuba for nearly half a century as both prime minister and president 
  • Vladimir Putin has branded him the ‘symbol of an era’ and a ‘distinguished statesman’ 
  • French President Francois Hollande branded him a ‘towering figure’, but voiced concerns about human rights abuses in Cuba 
  • Castro made his last official appearance before the country’s Communist party in April and predicted that his death was near 
  • He claimed in the past to have survived 634 assassination attempts
  • Castro was 32 when he overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista’s government in 1959…

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