Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide — Cuba state media

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In this file photo taken on February 12, 2010 Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, presents two books of his about technology and science at the XIX International Book Fair in Havana.

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — The eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported. He was 68 years old.

“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 hospitalised for his condition and then continued with outpatient follow-ups.

Born on September 1, 1949, he was the son of the revolutionary Castro’s first marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart.

A scientist who 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.

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