Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro Dies At 90
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Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died on Friday night at age 90.

That Friday, his younger brother and successor, Raul Castro, broke the news on state television. No word as to what the cause of death was, but Fidel has been sick for many years.

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One of the most prominent leaders of our time, Fidel was responsible for bringing about the communist revolution in Cuba. Fidel rose to power in 1959 but in 2006, his failing health prompted Raul to take over. His rule as Cuban president was both praised and criticized by citzens and world leaders.

Fidel saw his death coming and back in April, he addressed the Communist Party, encouraging them to continue his legacy.

"I'll be 90 years old soon. 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," Castro said.