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Fidel Castro’s eldest son, Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balar died of a “suicide” – Cuban Govt. Announcement

Havana, 03 February, ( T

The government of Cuba announced late Thursday that Fidel Castro’s eldest son, Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, has died of a “suicide” after battling “a deep depressive state.” He was 68.

In a brief statement, the Cuban government stated that Castro Díaz-Balart “had been under the care of a group of doctors for some months due to a deep depressive state.”

“As part of his treatment, he initially required hospitalization and was later followed on an outpatient basis, during his social reintegration,” the notice added.

The Cuban-American news agency Martí Noticias noted that the statement from Havana did not provide any details regarding Castro Díaz-Balart’s method of suicide or the discovery that he had died.

The agency cited unnamed sources who had claimed to Martí in the past that “Castro-Díaz Balart had made a suicide attempt with a gun three months ago” and also claimed that he “jumped off a high floor of the Personal Security Clinic” in Havana, where he was being treated. No other outlets appear to have confirmed this information at press time, however.

Born on September 1, 1949, Fidelito was educated in Moscow and graduated from the Higher Institute of Science and Technology in the former USSR.

A scientist by trade, at the time of his death, he was the vice president of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences and top-ranking scientist for the State Council.

He was the most educated of Castro's children, and became a top Cuban nuclear scientist and an adviser to the Council of the State of Cuba.

From 1980 to 1992, he was head of Cuba’s national nuclear program, and spearheaded the development of a nuclear plant on the Caribbean’s largest island until his father fired him.

Through his mother, Fidelito was the cousin of some of his father's most bitter enemies in the Cuban American exile community, US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart and former US congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

- Asian Tribune -

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