Cuba’s iconic leader Castro dies at 90

HAVANA – Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, ending an era for the country and Latin America.

The announcement about his death was made on Cuban television by his brother and current President Raul.

“It is with deep pain I inform our people, our friends of America and of the world that today on the 25th of November at 10:29 p.m. the commander in chief of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro Ruz passed away”, he said.

“In compliance with the expressed will of Fidel his remains will be cremated in the early morning hours of Saturday the 26th. The commission organizing the funeral will provide our people with detailed information on the funeral services that will pay homage to the founder of the Cuban revolution.”

Fidel Castro led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule.

The bearded revolutionary survived a crippling US trade embargo as well as dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots.