Fidel Castro Dies at 90

Morgan Amos

On Friday, November 25 Fidel Castro was announced dead by Cuban state television by his younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro. Few world leaders in history could brag about the life span or influence of the iconic bearded, cigar-chewing Cuban dictator, who had failing health for years.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a communist revolution. He defied the US for decades and survived many assassination attempts.

Fidel Castro had held on to power in Cuba longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II. He became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what might have been expected from the head of state of a Caribbean island nation of 11 million people.

Castro made a huge impact on the world  and helped bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, tormented 11 American presidents and exerted almost total control over the last remaining communist government in the Western Hemisphere