Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and revolutionary has passed away at the age of 90, his brother Raul just announced.
Fidel Castro was the present of Cuba from 1976 to 2008; he then stepped down and his brother, Raul took over. The announcement of the death was made by Raul on television, The Associate Producer confirmed in the early hours of Nov. 26.
Fidel attended Jesuit schools as well as the University of Havana, receiving social science and law degrees. In 1953, he and his brother went to prison after an attack on the Moncada military in Santiago. That’s when his rebel-style life began, with the tagline reading, “History will absolve me.”
During his time as a leader, he defied the power of ten presidents in the United States. Raul, who had worked alongside his brother for decades, is rumored to be resigning in 2018, though that has not been confirmed.
Known for his famous speeches that could last up to six house, Castro gave his final speech last April. “I’ll be 90 years old soon,” he said in the speech, sitting next to his brother. “Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without a truce to obtain them.”
He also said, while seated at the dais in Havana’s Convention Palace, that his “may be one of the last times” he’d be speaking there. “We must tell our brothers in Latin America and the world that the Cuban people will be victorious.”