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After serving as the Prime Minister and President of Cuba for nearly 50 years, Fidel Castro died on Friday.

According to The Guardian, the controversial leader's death was announced on Cuban state television by his brother, Raúl Castro, who has been serving as President since Castro stepped down permanently in 2008.

Cuba has announced that there will be nine days of mourning leading up to Castro's funeral on December 4; however, news of his death has already incited mixed reactions from Cubans, Americans and people around the world. While some saw him has a revolutionary leader, many see him as a dictator who is responsible for the death of thousands of his people.

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Castro was probably best known for overthrowing Cuban Prime Minister Fulgencio Batista in 1959, igniting the Cold War, and establishing the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere. His embracing of Communism led to America's unsuccessful invasion in 1961, The Bay Of Pigs, and also resulted in a long-lasting economic embargo. The embargo was revisited recently by President Barack Obama, who spoke out against its necessity, as well as Cuba's status as a state sponsor of terrorism, in 2014. Obama also lifted the travel ban between the U.S. and Cuba in 2016.

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In March of 2016, Obama visited Cuba, making him the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, but Castro reacted coldly to his efforts to improve relations between the two countries. His stubbornness is an indication of the independence to which he clung while ruling the country, which is perhaps best embodied by the CIA's inability to kill him during his reign. The leader managed to survive 638 attempts at his death.

Well, if one thing can kill Fidel Castro, it's 2016.

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You can watch the video of Raúl Castro announcing his brother's death here:

Sources: The Guardian