Fidel Castro dead at 90

Cuban State TV announced the death of the revolutionary leader on Friday night.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90.

Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, according to Cuban State TV.

As leader of his July 26 Movement, Castro played a key role in the overthrowing of Fulgencio Batista during the Cuban revolution in 1959. Following the Communist revolution, Castro ruled first as prime minister from 1959-1976 and as president from 1976-2008. He relinquished his presidency to his brother, Raul Castro, in 2006 as he recovered from surgery and then permanently in 2008.

Castro’s communist ideology have made for tense relations between Cuba and the Western world, particularly throughout the Cold War, with Cuba largely closed to Americans. Canadians have had no such restrictions on travel to the communist nation.

 

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Purchase of barge brings total to five for Wichito Marine Services in Tofino

Local crew spent countless hours restoring the old piece of infrastructure.

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

RCMP looking for missing Duncan teen

Dallas Macleod, 18, was last seen on Aug. 10

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to “risk of falling debris”

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

B.C. man designer behind Canucks’ retro jersey

Jeremie White was 20 years old when he told Canucks assistant GM Brian Burke he had a design

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Most Read