Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died aged 90, the Communist revolutionary’s brother, President Raul Castro, has announced.

 

Fidel Castro

 

The Communist revolutionary’s death was announced on Cuban state television late on Friday.

 

Castro stepped down as Cuba’s president 10 years ago after suffering a severe gastrointestinal illness, and before his 90th birthday in August he told supporters he expected to die soon.

 

 

He led a coup in 1959 to overthrow the regime of the US-backed former Cuban president Fulgencio Batista, and remained hostile to Washington throughout his life.

 

As President Barack Obama moved to heal relations with Havana, Castro responded: “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.”