The son of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has committed suicide.
Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, 68, also known as “Fidelito” or “Little Fidel”, for his resemblance to his father, took his own life on Thursday after being treated for months for depression.
As the Castro family is highly private about their personal life, Castro Diaz-Balart's death came as a surprise to many nationals.
Not many knew him to be suffering with any mental illness.
The first-born to the late president was a nuclear physicist who was trained in the former Soviet Union and until his death served as a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and the vice president of the Cuba's Academy of Sciences.
He was married with three children.
The Cubadebate website reported that, Castro Diaz-Balart, “had been attended by a group of doctors for several months due to a state of profound depression, committed suicide.”
Castro Diaz-Balart was born out of a brief marriage between Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart.
His relatives include U.S Representative Mario Diaz-Balart and former U.S. congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, some of whom were prominent figures from the Cuban-American exile community who were enemies to the late Cuban leader.
Castro Diaz-Balart spent a brief period living with his mother and was brought back to Cuba after the 1959 revolution by his father.
He was the head of a nuclear power program until his father fired him.
Castro Diaz-Balart, was given the position of scientific adviser by his uncle Raul Castro, when he took over the presidency in 2008.
There were no further details on the funeral arrangements.