Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide — Cuba state media

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Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide — Cuba state media
In this file photo taken on February 12, 2010 Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, presents two books of his about technology and science at the XIX International Book Fair in Havana.
In this file photo taken on February 12, 2010 Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, presents two books of his about technology and science at the XIX International Book Fair in Havana.

(AFP) — The eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported. He was 68 years old.

“Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” Cuba’s official newspaper Granma reported.

“Fidelito” — as he was known on island nation — had initially been hospitalised for his condition and then continued with outpatient follow-ups.

Born on September 1, 1949, he was the son of the revolutionary Castro’s first marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart.

A scientist who trained in the former Soviet Union, Fidel Jr helped usher in the development of a nuclear power programme in the Communist-ruled country.

At the time of his death he had served as a scientific adviser to the Cuban government and was vice president of the country’s Academy of Sciences.

Funeral arrangements will be made by the family, state media said.

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