Fidel Castro, the former President of Cuba, has died aged 90, Cuban media is reporting.
Born in 1926 in the Holguin Province, Castro quickly rose to political dominance, before spearheading the Communist Party of Cuba from 1965 to 2016.
In 2008, he transferred Presidential powers to his brother, Raúl Castro, who continued in his families footsteps with Marxist ideologies. It was under his own leadership that Cuba became a one-party socialist state, something that originally frightened 1970s America during the build up to the Cold War and post-WWII.
He famously survived many assassination attempts, some orchestrated by US officials due to his ties with Communist Russia, and even survived the ‘Bay of Pigs’ attack of 1961.
In 1962, he allowed Russians to place nuclear warheads on Cuban land, creating the highest point of tension in the Cold War, aptly named the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’.
Just months ago, Castro was visited by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and later Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his Havana home. It is unsure whether Barack Obama, as President of the United States, will extend sympathies given the US/ Cuba newfound relationships established earlier this year.
It has been confirmed that he will be cremated today.