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Fidel Castro's eldest son reportedly 'takes his own life'

TRAGIC: Fidel 'Fidelito' Castro Díaz-Balart (Photo credit: REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)

THE ELDEST son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, Fidel 'Fidelito' Castro Díaz-Balart, took his own life on Thursday, according to the island's state-run media.

The 68 year-old nuclear physicist had reportedly been in a "deeply depressed state", following treatment that "required an initial hospitalisation then outpatient follow-up".

Bearing a stark resemblance to his father, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart earned the nickname Fidelito (Little Fidel).

He was the only child of the revolutionary leader and his first wife, Mirta Diaz-Balart; the couple divorced before Castro took power in Cuba.

Diaz-Balart's death comes just over two years after his revolutionary father died at the age of 90.

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