Cuban President Raul Castro in a televised speech announced that revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has passed away in Havana last Friday, he was aged 90.
As the face of Cuban revolution, Fidel was popular with the masses due to his charismatic appeal and ruled Cuba for almost half a century. In 2008, he had handed over powers to his brother but was still occasionally involved in meeting high profile guests of the government.
Last April he made a special speech on the final day of the country’s Communist Party congress where he acknowledged his age but reiterated that Cuban communist concepts were still sound and the Cuban people will emerge victorious.
He will be remembered as one of the most important figures of the last century when he fought of off CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban exiles and sparked off the Cuban missile crisis by agreeing that USSR can deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba.
In 2012, Time Magazine had named Castro as one of the 100 most influential personalities of all time.