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02 Feb 2018

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

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
Fidelito born during Fidel Castro's brief first marriage

Family

Fidelito 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.

Life

Diaz-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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