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Fidel Castro's eldest son 'Fidelito,' depression patient, kills himself

02 Feb 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
Fidel Castro's eldest son, nuclear physicist, dead

Cuba's late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's eldest son Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart committed suicide yesterday. He was 68.

Known as "Fidelito" ("Little Fidel") for his similarity to his father, Diaz-Balart had been undergoing treatment for depression since months.

He was even hospitalized for it, but later continued as an outpatient.

Fidel Castro died a little over a year ago on November 26, 2016 aged 90.

In context: Fidel Castro's eldest son, nuclear physicist, dead

02 Feb 2018Fidel Castro's eldest son 'Fidelito,' depression patient, kills himself

FamilyFidelito born during Fidel Castro's brief first marriage

Diaz-Balart was born in 1949 during Fidel Castro's brief marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart, the daughter of a then prominent politician, before the revolutionary went on to establish a communist state right on the US' doorstep.

Diaz-Balart's maternal family eventually became one of the most prominent figures in Florida's anti-Castro community.

His cousin Mario Diaz-Balart is today an American congressman.

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Diaz-Balart was a Soviet Union-trained nuclear physicist

LifeDiaz-Balart was a Soviet Union-trained nuclear physicist

During 1980-1992, the Soviet Union-trained nuclear physicist was head of Cuba's nuclear program.

He led the development of a nuclear plant on the largest Caribbean island.

However, in 1992, Cuba halted the plans over lack of funding and Diaz-Balart largely disappeared from public view.

He was currently serving as vice-president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and a scientific counselor to Council of State.


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