- Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, first-born son of Cuba's former leader, Fidel Castro, has taken his own life
- Diaz-Balart was said to be suffering from depression and had been receiving medical treatment before his death
- He was said to have taken his own life on Thursday, January 1
Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, the 68-year-old son of Cuba's former leader, Fidel Castro, has been confirmed dead and was said to have taken his own life.
Castro Díaz-Balart popularly called Fidelito, was found dead on the morning of Thursday, January 1.
He was said to have suffered from depression, BBC reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the first-born son of the late president who was a nuclear physicist had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression.
It was learnt that he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital stay.
Castro Díaz-Balart was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.
He was said to have headed the island's nuclear programme from 1980 to 1992, before it was suspended after the Soviet Union's collapse.
He was born during his father's brief first marriage to Mirta Díaz-Balart, the daughter of a prominent pre-revolution politician.
His father, Fidel Castro, was a revolutionary figure and one of the world's longest serving political leaders who died at the age of 90 in 2016.
In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who ruled the country with an iron grip for almost 50 years, had died.
It was reported that Castro died on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the age of 90 after being ill for years.
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