Fidel Castro, who led the country of Cuba for nearly half a century, died Friday at the age of 90.
With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at 10:29 p.m. on Friday night.
Castro’s death comes just months after the Communist revolutionary predicted he would die soon.
He made his last official appearance before the country’s Communist Party in April, asking party members to help his ideas survive after he died.
‘The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need,’ he told them.
Castro spoke as the government announced that his brother Raul will retain the Cuban Communist Party’s highest post alongside his hardline second-in-command.
It was a resounding message that communism would retain its hold on Cuba, even as its leaders began to die and age and relations with the US continued to thaw.
Castro handed power to his brother Raul after he required emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding.
His death comes the same year Cuba and the United States announced they would restore diplomatic and economic ties.
Castro survived a number of US-backed assassination plots, as well as numerous media reports throughout the years that claimed he was dead or nearly there.