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Gloria Estefan on Fidel Castro’s Death: This ‘Can Only Lead to Positive Change for the Cuban People’

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Gloria Estefan, one of Cuba’s most famous immigrants in America, is reflecting on the death of former Cuban president and revolutionary Fidel Castro.

In a message posted in both English and Spanish to the 59-year-old Grammy winner’s Instagram page, Estefan shared a photo of a family of Cuban refugees on a life raft.

Born Gloria Fajardo in Havana, Cuba, Estefan fled her homeland to Miami, Florida when Castro rose to power.

Her father, Joseé Manuel Fajardo, had been a Cuban soldier and bodyguard of the wife of President Fulgencio Batista — who Castro helped overthrow in 1959.

Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people's freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world. 🇨🇺🇺🇸 Aunque la muerte de un ser humano es raramente causa para celebrar, es la muerte simbólica de las ideologías destructivas que el patrocinó que, en mi opinión, están llenando al exilio Cubano de esperanza renovada y un alivio que ha tardado mucho en llegar. Y aunque el agarre del régimen Castrista no se aflojara de un día para otro, el deceso de un líder que supervisó el aniquilamiento de aquellos con puntos de vistas opuestos al suyo, el encarcelamiento de inocentes, la separación de familias, la censura de la libertad de expresión, el esparcimiento de terrorismo sancionado por su gobierno y la destrucción económica de un país exitoso que prosperaba, solo puede llevar a cambios positivos para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo. Que la libertad siga viva en los Estados Unidos, mi bello país adoptivo, y que la esperanza para la libertad crezca y se renueve en los corazones de cada Cubano en mi tierra natal y a través del mundo.🇨🇺🇺🇸

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“Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming,” the “On Your Feet” singer wrote.

She continued: “And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world.”

“May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world,” she added — posting emojis of both the Cuban flag and the American flag.

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Castro died on Friday at 10:29 p.m. local time, his younger brother and current Cuban president Raúl Castro said on state television Friday night. The 90-year-old’s body will be cremated later on Saturday.

A nine-day period of official mourning has been declared on the island nation until Dec. 4, when Castro’s ashes will be laid to rest in the city of Santiago.

While many world leaders mourned Castro’s death, Cuban-Americans took to the streets of Miami in celebration.

After taking power in 1959, the controversial leader persecuted his political rivals and dissidents — executing and imprisoning many of them. Thousands of Cubans left the island in the years after Castro rose to power with many of them settling in the United States like Estefan’s family.