President Raul Castro announced his brother’s death on state television Friday night. Cuba declared nine days of national mourning early Saturday. A burial ceremony will be held on Dec. 4.
Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years. Castro was kmown for wearing green military fatigues, Castro was famous for long, fist-pounding speeches filled with blistering rhetoric.
The CIA revealed in Nov. 2005 that it had concluded that Castro suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Their assessment stemmed from Castro’s public appearances and the opinions of doctors employed by the agency.
It is unknown if Parkinson’s disease had a role in Castro’s death.