HAVANA, Cuba, Friday February 2, 2018 – The eldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro reportedly took his own life yesterday.
Cuban state media reported that the 68-year-old Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, affectionately known in Cuba as Fidelito, had suffered from depression in recent months and had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient, following a hospital stay.
No details about how he committed suicide were released.
“Fidel Castro Díaz-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 yesterday.
Díaz-Balart once led Cuba’s nuclear power programme until a falling out with his father led to his dismissal.
However, after his uncle Raul Castro took over as president in 2008, he was named a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and was serving in that capacity, as well as vice president of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences, at the time of his death.
Diaz-Balart was married and had three children from a previous marriage.