Fidel Castro


Age: 90

Cuban dictator who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-styled communism, and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his 50 years of rule in Cuba whose reign over the island nation 90 miles from Florida was marked by the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 that brought the world to the brink of nuclear power, who outlasted a crippling U.S. trade embargo and dozens (possibly hundreds) of assassination plots but who overcame imprisonment at the hands of dictator Fulgencio Batista, exile in Mexico, and a disastrous start to his rebellion before triumphantly riding into Havana, Cuba in January 1959 to become the youngest leader in Latin America at age 32, who was a source of inspiration and support to revolutionaries from Latin America to Africa for decades even as Cubans who fled to exile loathed him with equal measure, and whose commitment to socialism was unwavering even though his power finally began to fade in mid-2006 when a gastrointestinal ailment forced him to hand over the presidency to his younger brother Raul Castro in 2008 at first provisionally, then permanently.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: August 13, 1926

Died: November 25, 2016

Havana, Cuba