Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘kills himself’ aged 68

(TELEGRAPH.UK) -The eldest son of Fidel Castro, the late Cuban revolutionary leader, has taken his own life, according to state media.

Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, a nuclear scientist known as “Fidelito” – or Little Fidel – due to his resemblance to his father, was found dead in Havana on Thursday morning.

The 68-year-old had been suffering from depression. State television in Cuba reported that he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital stay.

“Fidel Castro Díaz-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.

A nuclear physicist trained by the former Soviet Union, Castro Díaz-Balart was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State at the time of his death.

Castro Díaz-Balart, who had the highest public profile of all Castro’s children, was born in 1949 out of the former leader’s brief marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart.

The younger Castro was very popular in Cuba, despite having never held a political position.

The younger Castro was always faithful to his father’s communist ideals. His death came 15 months after that of his father at the age of 90.

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