Friday, February 2, 2018

Elder son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro commits suicide

Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart
Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, the eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, took his own life Thursday morning after being treated for depression for months, an official release said.

According to a statement on the government site Cubadebate, Castro Diaz-Balart, 68, suffered a "deep depressive state" for which he had been receiving medical attention during the last months.

He had served as a scientific counsellor to the Council of State and was vice president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

His father, a prominent communist revolutionary and politician of Cuba, died in November 2016 at the age of 90 after severe illness forced him away from power.

Castro Diaz-Balart was also called by the public "Fidelito" because he looked like his father very much.

He devoted his entire life and career to the development of science in the Caribbean island nation, the statement said.

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