Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, (Fidelito), the eldest son of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, committed suicide on Thursday. He was 68 years old, and was undergoing treatment for depression for several months, the Cuban state media reported.
The nuclear scientist, was also known as “Fidelito”, or “Little Fidel”, for the strong resemblance to his father. He was first hospitalized, and then continued outpatient treatment.
” Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been followed by a group of doctors for several months due to a state of deep depression, committed suicide this morning,” said Cubadebate’s website.
Fidelito, who had the highest public profile of all Castro’s children, was born in 1949 from his father’s brief marriage with Mirta Diaz-Balart. The latter overthrew a US-backed dictator, and built a communist state at the American gate during the Cold War.
By his mother, Castro Diaz-Balart was the cousin of some of Fidel Castro’s most fierce enemies in the Cuban-American exile community. The representative of the United States Mario Diaz-Balart, and the former American Deputy Lincoln Diaz-Balart in this case.
He was also the object of a dramatic custody conflict between the two families when he was a child.
Cuban scholars say that his mother took him with her to the United States when he was five, after announcing that she wanted to divorce Castro. Castro was then imprisoned for an attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago.
Fidel Castro managed to bring Fidelito back to Cuba after the 1959 revolution.