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Fidel Castro's eldest son 'Fidelito', former scientific adviser to Cuban government, commits suicide

Havana: The eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro has committed suicide, State media reported. He was 68 years old.

File image of Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. Reuters

File image of Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. Reuters

"Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning," Cuba's official newspaper Granma reported.

'Fidelito', as he was known on island nation, had initially been hospitalized for his condition and then continued with outpatient follow-ups.

Born on 1 September, 1949, he was the son from Castro's first marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart. A scientist trained in the former Soviet Union, Fidel Jr helped usher in the development of a nuclear power programme in the Communist-ruled country.

At the time of his death, he had served as a scientific adviser to the Cuban government and was vice-president of the country's Academy of Sciences. Funeral arrangements will be made by the family, State media said.

Published Date: Feb 02, 2018 09:04 AM | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 09:04 AM

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