HAVANA – The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary chief Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, dedicated suicide on Thursday aged sixty eight after being handled for months for melancholy, Cuban state-run media reported.
The nuclear scientist, also called “Fidelito,” or Little Fidel, due to how a lot he appeared like his father, had initially been hospitalized after which continued remedy as an outpatient.
“Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been attended by a gaggle of docs for a number of months because of a state of profound melancholy, dedicated suicide this morning,” Cubadebate web site stated.
Fidelito, who had the very best public profile of all Castro’s youngsters, was born in 1949 out of his temporary marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart earlier than he went on to topple a U.S.-backed dictator and construct a communist-run state on the doorstep of america in the course of the Chilly Warfare.
Via his mom, Castro Diaz-Balart was the cousin of a few of Castro’s most bitter enemies within the Cuban American exile group, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and former U.S. congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
He was additionally the topic of a dramatic custody dispute between the 2 households as a toddler.
Cuba students say his mom took him together with her to the USA when he was aged 5 after saying she needed a divorce from Castro, whereas he was imprisoned for an assault on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago.
Castro was capable of convey Fidelito again to Cuba after the 1959 revolution.
A multilingual nuclear physicist who studied within the former Soviet Union, Castro Diaz-Balart was head of Cuba’s nationwide nuclear program from 1980 to 1992, and spearheaded the event of a nuclear plant on the Caribbean’s largest island till his father fired him.
Cuba halted its plant plans that very same yr due to a scarcity of funding after the collapse of Cuba’s commerce and help ties with the ex-Soviet bloc and he largely disappeared from public view showing on the occasional scientific convention or diplomatic occasion.
Fidelito had been working for his uncle President Raul Castro as a scientific counselor to the Cuban Council of State and Vice-president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences on the time of his dying.
A former British ambassador to Cuba, Paul Hare, who lectures at Boston College’s Pardee Faculty of International Research, stated Castro Diaz-Balart had appeared “considerate, somewhat curious concerning the world past Cuba” at a dinner in Boston two years in the past.
“However he appeared a…