MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro sent Maradona a letter to dispose rumors about his death, according to the Latin American television network Telesur.
A video, depicting Maradona with a letter signed by Castro, was released on Sunday night. Cuba’s ex-president wrote that he was alive and doing well.
"I'm very happy to know he's well," Maradona told journalists at the Havana airport as he prepared for a trip.
Rumors about Fidel Castro’s death began to circulate after he had not showed up in public for more than a year. Castro, 88, had to leave his presidential post in 2006 due to health problems and delegated power to his brother Raul. He successfully underwent a serious intestinal surgery, but remained in poor physical condition, according to McClatchy DC.