Fidelito, the 68 year-old eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary chief Fidel Castro, dedicated suicide on Thursday after being handled for months for despair, Cuban state-run media reported.
The nuclear scientist’s full identify is Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, however he was fondly referred to as “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel, due to how a lot he appeared like his father.
Before he took his personal life, he was initially hospitalised after which he continued therapy as an outpatient.
“Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been attended by a group of doctors for several months due to a state of profound depression, committed suicide this morning,” Cubadebate web site stated.
Fidelito, who had the very best public profile of all Castro’s kids, was born in 1949 out of his transient 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 the United States through the Cold War.
Through 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. Representative 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 baby.
Cuba students say his mom took him together with her to the United States when he was aged 5 after saying she wished a divorce from Castro, whereas he was imprisoned for an assault on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago.
Castro was capable of deliver 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 programme 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 12 months due to a scarcity of funding after the collapse of Cuba’s commerce and support 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 counsellor to the Cuban Council of State and Vice-president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences on the time of his dying.
Fidelito’s dying got here simply over a 12 months after that of his father on Nov. 25, 2016, aged 90.