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Fidel Castro

Reportedly Suffers Stroke

... Close to Death

10/19/2012 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Fidel Castro has reportedly suffered an embolic stroke ... and his health is so bad, the 86-year-old former leader of Cuba can barely eat, speak or recognize people.

The news is being reported by El Nuevo Herald, which says it spoke with Jose Marquina -- "a respected doctor" who assured the paper he has firsthand sources and information about Castro.

The doctor told the Herald, "[Castro] could last weeks like that, but what I can say is that we’ll never again see him in public.”  

The last time Castro was seen out in public was back in March -- when Pope Benedict XVI visited Cuba.

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31.

croc    

goodbye, dont let the door hit ya on the way out.
hope cuba can be free from all this crap they have had to endure.

652 days ago
32.

boo    

The Mayans were right......

652 days ago
33.

Mazor    

Good. Too bad this commie a-hole didn't die 50 years ago.

652 days ago
34.

wendy    

if he will never be seen in public again, then he's in a wheelchair with his tongue hanging out sideways and drooling into a paper cup

652 days ago
35.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Actually, the people of Cuba haven't really seen Il Maximo Commandante for a couple of years now. The photo-op with the Pope consisted of the two of them sitting where Fidel is being treated. No one really saw the two or heard Castro speak. No one has really seen, heard, or even read anything from for the last six months until about a week ago when there was a supposed letter written by Castro.
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I do believe that this guy has been effectively "dead" for at least the last two years - he is being kept alive with the best care available - the best Doctors in the world are brought in routinely from other countries to treat him.
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Cuba desperately needs Fidel to be alive. Without him as some kind of "Great Oz" the Cuban people will quickly see the decrepit, corrupt, naion he created. One that cannot stand on it's own, but one that needs massive hand-outs from other countries like Venezuela to keep even a third world standard of living.

652 days ago
36.

Zoe     

I hope the people of Cuba have a national day of celebration when he pops his clogs. They have suffered so much under communism. Viva Libertad!!!

652 days ago
37.

manbearpig    

good riddance to evil trash like him. hopefully his bro and chavez will follow him in short time.

652 days ago
38.

vito    

José Marquina was the same doctor that said Chávez wouldn't make it to election day..

652 days ago
39.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Folks, Police states don't fall because the boss man dies. His brother has been running the country for quite a few years now, and there has been NO major changes. When Raul Castro dies there will be another to take his place.
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RIght now, Cuba is being propped up by another country, Venezuela. As long as Hugo Chavez agrees to send Cuba not oil at pennies on the dollar to use, but oil at pennies on the dollar to sell at a profit, Cuba can keep this up indefinitely.
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I wouldn't worry too much about Cuba - they are basically a third world country which can feed their people, sell some sugar cane and rum, make lots of cigars, and every once in a while open their mouths to yell about the "Yanque Imperialists". Even their rhetoric is stuck in the mid 60s.

652 days ago
40.

Throwback kid    

HE LOOKS LIKE LARRY KING'S TWIN BROTHER! ACTUALLY HE LOOKS YOUNGER THAN LARRY.

652 days ago
41.

YouDontSay    

I'll bet people in Little Cuba are ready to celebrate

652 days ago
42.

verlinda    

Now all American can go and deal dope and whore houses like in the1950's. Miss treat the Cubans on their on land and **** it up like everywhere else they go.

652 days ago
43.

Lee    

So long and good riddance. Che will meet you at the gates of hell singing "Reunited And It Feels So Good.."

May Pol Pot, Idi Amin Dada, Stalin, and Khrushchev welcome you with burnt arms...

652 days ago
44.

Surfergirl    

Castro take Chavez with you please!

652 days ago
45.

ubikwitus    

Arik Sharon has been a vegetable since 2006.
At least the Cubans would turn Castro into a monument.

652 days ago
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