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Ramon Castro, Older Brother of Cuba's Fidel and Raul, Dies Aged 91

HAVANA - Ramon Castro Ruz, the older brother of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro, has died in Havana at the age of 91, according to Cuban official media.

Ramon Castro died on Tuesday morning local time, according to a report released on state television and on the website of newspaper Granma. The cause of death has not yet been specified.

His body was cremated and he will be transferred to Biran, the birthplace of the Castros, in the eastern province of Holguin.

The elder of the Castro brothers was born on Oct. 14, 1924, and was imprisoned in 1953 during the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

He later worked with the guerrillas led by his brother, Fidel, and joined the 26th of July Movement. He also organized a network that supplied the Second Eastern Front in the Cuban revolution.

After the victory of the revolution, he worked in various agricultural sectors, mainly in sugarcane and livestock. Later, he also became the advisor to the Ministers of Agriculture and Sugar.

He received "several awards and held the title of Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba" from the government, according to the official report.

Ramon Castro was the oldest son of Galician Angel Castro and Cuban Lina Ruz. He was followed by Angelita (who died in 2012), Fidel, Juanita, Emma, Raul and Agustina.

 

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