Ramon Castro, Cuban president’s older brother, dies

Ramon Castro, the elder brother of Cuba's President Fidel Castro, center, attends the opening ceremony of the International Fair of Havana in 2007. Ramon Castro has died. AP file photo

HAVANA – Cuban state media say that Ramon Castro, the older brother of Cuban revolutionary leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, has died at age 91.

Widely known by his nickname “Mongo,” the white-bearded Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the political life embraced by his younger siblings.

Ramon was two years older than Fidel, and he was long used to getting double-takes from people who insisted he looked just like his famous brother. At times, Ramon was said to reply that because he was older, Fidel actually looked like him.

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