20 October 2012, 03:10

Fidel Castro alive and well - sister, son

Fidel Castro alive and well - sister, son

Fidel Castro sister has denied the latest round of rumors about the 86-year-old former Cuban president's supposedly declining health, after his prolonged public silence set the Twitter verse aflame with speculation in recent days.

“That's not true. ... These are pure rumors, it's all absurd," said Juanita Castro, who lives in Miami, Florida.

The rumors about Fidel Castro’s health problems had earlier been dismissed by his son Alex.

“The Comandante is well, going about his daily life, reading, doing his exercises," Alex Castro was quoted as telling the Venceremos weekly newspaper.

Fidel Castro unable to feed himself: doctor

Venezuelan physician José Marquina told a Miami newspaper that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had a cerebral hemorrhage that left him unable to feed himself, speak or recognize people.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appears to be fading fast after suffering a massive stroke, explaining his current disappearance from public life in the country he ruled for 50 years, a doctor claims.

Venezuelan physician José Marquina told Miami-based Spanish language paper El Nuevo Herald that Castro had a cerebral hemorrhage that left him unable to feed himself, speak or recognize people.

“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” Marquina said. “People with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities.”

Castro, once a ubiquitous presence in Cuba, hasn’t been seen in public since March, during a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

His disappearance has even sparked rumors of his death.

Voice of Russia, Daily News

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