Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana, March 1985.
Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana, March 1985.Charles Tasnadi—AP
Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana, March 1985.
Fidel Castro, age 3, is seated in between his sister, Angelita, 6, and brother Ramon, 4, in 1929.
Fidel Castro at age 14 in Santiago de Cuba, in southern Cuba, 1940.
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Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro (left) lights his cigar while Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara looks on in the early days of their guerrilla campaign in the Sierra Maestra Mountains of Cuba, circa 1956. Castro wears a military uniform while Guevara wears fatigues and a beret.
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Castro At Tobacco Workers Rally 1960
Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaking to people of Santa Clara in the town square.
Rebel leader Fidel Castro waves to a cheering crowd on the victorious march to Havana after ousting dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Fidel Castro, a master orator, delivers a speech circa 1960.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro winds up to throw a baseball in 1964.
Cuba's Fidel Castro delivers a speech in 1960.
Rebel leader Fidel Castro being cheered by the crowds on his victorious march to Havana.
Cuban President Fidel Castro entertains a group of people at a dinner table in Harlem during a trip to New York City, as the press takes photographs in the background, 1959.
At the height of the Soviet-Cuban cooperation, Nikita Khrushchev welcomes Cuban President Fidel Castro at the podium of the Kremlin in front of the Red Square in Moscow, 1961.
Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a long-winded speech, heaping abuse on the U.S., at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 26, 1960.
Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a speech in Havana on Feb. 2, 2006, as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, having just been likened to Adolf Hitler by the Bush administration, received a U.N. prize named for Cuban independence hero Jose Mart�i.
Cuban Fidel Castro (L) looks at former c
A screen grab from state-owned Cuban television shows late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holding the hand of Fidel Castro, his Cuban counterpart, in his sickbed in Havana on Sept. 1, 2006. Chavez visited Castro, who is recovering from intestinal surgery, on a stopover in Havana on his way back from a 10-day trip to China, Malaysia, Syria and Angola.
Cuban President Raul Castro speaks with his brother, Fidel Castro, during the opening session of the National Assembly in Havana on Feb. 24, 2012. Raul Castro was named to a new five-year-term as president.
Pope Francis and Fidel Castro embrace hands at a 40-minute meeting inside Castro's residence during the pontiff's trip to Havana on Sept. 20, 2015.
A window reflects an image of Fidel Castro in a working-class Havana neighborhood that attracts few tourists.
Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana, March 1985.
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Fidel Castro: A Life in Pictures

Nov 26, 2016

Fidel Castro, the communist revolutionary who presided over Cuba for nearly half a century, has died at the age of 90. Castro's younger brother Raul, who succeeded him as Cuba's president in 2008, announced the news on Cuban state television late Friday night.

For fifty years, Castro — usually pictured bearded, with a patrol cap on his head and a cigar in his mouth — captured the American political imagination as the face of communism in Cuba: a country at once 90 miles from Florida and a world away, severed by the ideological and political gulf of the Cold War.

His leadership was marked by a ready defiance of the massive democratic superpower to Cuba's north. He survived a series of assassination plots orchestrated by the U.S. government — hundreds of them, according to Cuba — and steered his country as it was crippled by the trade embargo imposed by the U.S. in 1960. He lived to see relations between the two states finally thaw. In March, President Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in nearly nine decades — albeit with Castro's deep misgivings.

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