State media reports Fidel Castro’s oldest son committed suicide, the dictator Fidel has ties with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is said to be “friends”
BREAKING: Cuban state media say Fidel Castro's eldest son has killed himself.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 2, 2018
Via Fox News:
Diaz-Balart was said to have killed himself Thursday morning after receiving months of treatment for a “deeply depressed state,” according to official website Cubadebate. He reportedly “required a hospitalization regime then outpatient follow-up” as part of his treatment.
Fidel Castro died in November 2016 at age 90. His brother, Raul, took over as Cuba’s leader in 2008.
Before his death, Diaz-Balart was a scientific adviser to the Council of State and was the vice president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.
Of all Castro’s offspring, only Diaz-Balart, the angel-faced, blond boy from revolution-era photographs, was publically recognized. He bore a striking resemblance to his father, which earned him the nickname Fidelito, or Little Fidel.
Diaz-Balart was born in 1949 and brought to the United States in the 1950s after his parents divorced. His mother’s family had ties to the Batista government, which Castro would eventually overthrow. As a result, the former Cuban leader wanted his son kept from his ex-wife’s family, leading to an ongoing custody battle over the boy.