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Fidel Castro’s first wife dies at 95

Fidel Castro’s first wife dies at 95

Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s first wife, Myrta Díaz-Ballard, has died at the age of 95, her grandson Fidel Antonio Castro Smirnov said on social media.

“Surrounded by so much love, my beloved grandmother Myrta Díaz-Ballard Gutierrez has passed away. A great woman is leaving us,” Castro posted on his social media site X.

“Its end is not death. Their special love, loyalty and extraordinary story will live forever. It will continue to be the most robust and kindest form of beauty,” he added.

Díaz-Ballard was born in Havana in 1928 and studied philosophy and letters at the University of Havana, where he met Fidel Castro while studying law. They married and had a son, Fidel, in 1948, who committed suicide in 2018 after severe depression.

They divorced in 1955 when Fidel Castro was exiled after a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks in Havana. Castro then returned to Cuba by boat and started a guerrilla movement that overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Bautista in 1959 and seized power.

Díaz-Ballard’s family became strongly connected to politics in Cuba and in exile after the victory of the Castro-led revolution in 1959. Myrta Mario and Lincoln’s nephews were members of the Republican Congress in the United States.

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In 1956, Mirta remarried Emilio Núñez Portundo, the son of a Cuban ambassador, with whom she had several children. After the revolution he moved to Spain with his new family.