HAVANA – Fidel Castro, the former president, revolutionary leader and dictator of Cuba, has died at the age of 90.
His death was announced Friday night on Cuban state television by his brother and current president Raul.
Castro ruled the island nation for nearly half a century, long proving to be a thorn in the side of the US.
His health began to decline a decade ago, when he ceded power of the country to Raul.
The reaction to his death in the Cuban community stateside has been mixed: many in Miami took to the streets to celebrate while others took a more reflective turn.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered condolences, speaking at a Francophone summit in Madagascar.
“On behalf of Sophie, our children and myself, as well as all Canadians, I want to offer our deepest condolences on the death of Fidel Castro, to the Castro family and the people of Cuba.”
Castro was an honourary pallbearer at Pierre Trudeau’s funeral in 2000.