Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, the eldest son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has died after taking his own life.
The 68-year-old was being treated for depression, according to state media. He had been hospitalised and was continuing treatment as an outpatient.
“Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” said Cuba’s official newspaper Granma.
He was often referred to as Fidelito or Little Fidel because of his resemblance to his father, the revolutionary communist leader who died in 2016 in Havana.
Castro Diaz-Balart studied nuclear physics in the former Soviet Union. As the former vice president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, he led the organisation’s nuclear program from 1980 to 1992. He was fired by his father before Cuba halted its plant plans due to lack of funding.
He was serving as adviser to Cuba’s Council of State at the time of his death.
Castro Diaz-Balart was the son of Castro and his first wife, Mirta Diaz-Balart. They divorced before the Cuban Revolution that brought Castro and his brother, Raul, to power. Castro had nine children but Castro Diaz-Balart is one of the most well-known by the public.
He is related through his mother to some of Castro’s most outspoken enemies living in the Cuban American exile community. They include Representative Mario Diaz-Balart and former US congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.