Cuban officials told a group of visiting US legislators that Fidel Castro does not have cancer or a terminal illness.
It was the most comprehensive denial yet of rampant rumors about the ailing leader’s health, the head of the US delegation said yesterday.
Representative Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, said Cuban officials did not provide further details on the 80-year-old leader’s health, but they did say that he would eventually return to public life.
“All the officials have told us that his illness is not cancer, nor is it terminal, and he will be back,” Flake said in a telephone interview.
Castro’s medical condition has been a state secret since he had surgery for intestinal bleeding in late July and temporarily ceded power to his younger brother Raúl Castro. He has not been seen publicly since July 26.
Ten-to-one Castro’s been dead since July 27th and they’re just keeping up the ruse. Ol’ boy is probably compost at this point, but his people could easily keep this act going for at least another year.