Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies at 90

Fidel Castro

Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday (Nov. 25), at the age of 90.

The Communist revolutionary maintained his influence on Cuban politics for nearly five decades, remaining in power for 11 U.S. presidents.

Hours after his death, President Obama issued a statement, saying that at "this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people."

"We know that this moment fills Cubans -- in Cuba and in the United States -- with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation," Obama said. "'History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."

Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party socialist state, where both industry and business were nationalized.

In recent years, Castro's health had declined. However, he continued his anti-American rants almost until the end.