Just In: Fidel Castro, Cuba’s longtime leader, dies at 90
After years of dealing with failing health, Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution who steered the country through decades of a US economic blockade, has died, state media report.
Castro died on Friday at 7pm local time, Cuban television said. His death was confirmed by his brother Raul, who took the reins after Fidel stepped down.
Castro led the country from 1959 to 2008, when his deteriorating health forced him into retirement. In his last years, he mostly stayed out of the public eye, only occasionally providing commentary on events in Cuba.