Cuba in national mourning for former leader Fidel Castro

Cuba is observing nine days of national mourning for former President Fidel Castro, who has died at the age of 90.

The socialist revolutionary's death was announced by his brother, Raul Castro, the incumbent Cuban president, on state television late on Friday.

In his address the elderly leader said Mr Castro, who ruled Cuba since 1959 and survived countless assassination attempts, died at 10.29pm on Friday.

Live updates



Nine days of mourning begins in Cuba over death of Castro

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Carl Dinnen in Havana

The people of Cuba have begun nine days of official mourning for the death of Fidel Castro, the former leader who turned their small Caribbean island into an international symbol of revolution.

Bars shut, baseball games and concerts were suspended and many restaurants stopped serving alcohol and planned to close early.

But while Cuba mourns, the expatriate community in Miami continued to celebrate the death of a man they regard as a brutal tyrant.

Prince Harry observes minute's silence for Castro

Prince Harry Credit: PA

Prince Harry observed a minute's silence for former Cuban leader Fidel Castro who has died aged 90.

The prince joined dignitaries from St Vincent and the Grenadine at a reception hosted by the Caribbean country's governor general Sir Frederick Ballantyne who asked his guests to mark the death of the international figure.

Among the guests was Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, leader of the country's ruling Unity Labour Party, who described Castro as a good friend of his country.

Harry is visiting the country as part of a 15-day tour of the Caribbean.

Justin Trudeau praises 'larger than life' Fidel Castro

Credit: Reuters

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said it was with "deep sorrow" that he learned of Fidel Castro's death and said the revolutionary had made "significant improvements" in Cuba.

The late Cuban leader was a friend of Mr Trudeau's father.

In a statement, Mr Trudeau said: “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

"While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'el Comandante'."

Cuban exiles celebrate as world reacts to death of Castro

Exiled Cubans in Miami's Little Havana took to the streets to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro.

One woman said the leader had "separated her family" while a man, whose father had spent two years in jail in Cuba, described him as "a killer".

In contrast, Russians paid their respects outside the Cuban embassy in Moscow to the leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States.

Castro once said "history would absolve him". The world now waits to see how the revolutionary leader will be remembered.

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports