After years of dealing with failing health, Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution who steered the country through decades of a US economic blockade, has died, state media report. Castro died in Havana on Friday at 7pm local time, Cuban television said. His death was confirmed by his brother Raul, who took the reins after Fidel stepped down. Castro led the country from 1959 to 2008, when his deteriorating health forced him into retirement. In his last years, he mostly stayed out of the public eye, only occasionally providing commentary on events in Cuba. His passing marks the end of an era for many. Castro was the last remaining leader from the group of old school communist leaders including Chinese Mao Zedong, Korean Kim Il-sung and Soviets Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. Dictator or national hero, Castro was called many things along the way, as he rose from being a student activist protesting against oppressive regimes to becoming the president of Cuba. In February 1959, the Cuban Revolution brought Castro to power as the prime minister. He was backed by the so-called 26th of July Movement, and Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara. Together, they managed to oust US-backed President Batista. Castro like all other dictators of our time is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Cuban's who disagreed with him over the years, where the genocidal like killings were mostly taken out by firing squads. People in America like the protesters we see on a daily basis anymore who think they have it bad with the American police officer, should probably realize how good they have it...For in no way shape or form our America's police anywhere near Castro's military not even.000000000001 percent near what Castro involved himself in. What Castro was involved in during his earlier life was a movement, which basically led to the genocidal deaths of nearly one hundred million people around the globe...So if you think America in it's current state is facist, well look to the genocidal regimes like Castro's Cuba and Mao's China and maybe you will finally realize how free you are in America. Fidel Castro is one of the most well known genocidal maniacs in modern world history...So dear Fidel Castro Rest In Piss, and can you invite Hillary Clinton and George Soros to join you?