Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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HAVANA: Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, the 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, committed suicide on Thursday. Fidel was being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. Popularly called "Fidelito", he was the first-born of the former President, who died in November 2016. Castro Diaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union, the BBC reported.

"Fidel Castro Diaz-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.

He had been of late receiving his treatment as an outpatient, following a hospital stay.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.

His professional profile says he authored several books during his life, and represented the country academically at international events around the world.

The television announcement said his funeral would be planned by his family, but no further details were given.

Fidelito was born in 1949 out of his father’s brief marriage to Mirta Diaz-Balart before he went on to topple a U.S.-backed dictator and build a communist-run state on the doorstep of the United States during the Cold War.

According to the reports of Reuters, Cuba scholars say his mother took him with her to the United States when he was aged five after announcing she wanted a divorce from Castro, while he was imprisoned for an attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago.

Castro was able to bring Fidelito back to Cuba after the 1959 revolution.

A nuclear physicist who studied in the former Soviet Union, Castro Diaz-Balart had been working as a scientific counselor to the Cuban Council of State and Vice-president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences at the time of his death, says the report.

His father, Fidel Castro, a revolutionary figure and one of the world's longest serving political leaders, died at 90 in 2016.

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