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Celebrities React To Death Of ‘Brutal Dictator’ Fidel Castro

The announcement was made by Castro’s younger brother and current Cuban president Raul Castro, and as the news hit the Internet, celebrities took to Twitter to react.

Via USAPolitics

The news of Cuba’s former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death, which broke late Friday night, has elicited a mixture of grief and jubilation. The Cuban dictator ruled over the only Communist government in the Western Hemisphere for nearly five decades, keeping the country in poverty and nearly sparking a nuclear war. But Hollywood creatives were at times drawn to his revolutionary ideals.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday morning the abrupt announcement, “Fidel Castro is dead!” Members of Hollywood also chimed in, while celebrations broke out in Miami among Cuban refugees who escaped the country’s harsh conditions.

The announcement was made by Castro’s younger brother and current Cuban president Raul Castro, and as the news hit the Internet, celebrities took to Twitter to react.

 

Some like Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz condemned Castro in separate statements, with Rubio saying that those who would praise him overlook the “thousands of victims” left in his wake when he led Cuba.

Pope Francis sent a telegram to Castro’s brother, Raul, expressing his condolences:

“Upon receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation.

“At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I trust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of this country.” Others joked about Castro’s death, especially coming so soon after the passing of Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson.

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Raul announced that Castro’s body would be cremated later on Saturday. A period of official mourning has been declared on the island nation until December 4, when Castro’s ashes will be laid to rest in the city of Santiago.
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