Ramon Castro, Cuban president’s older brother, dies

Ramon Castro, the elder brother of Cuba's President Fidel Castro, left, speaks with Florida's cattleman John Parke Wright IV during the 12th Boyeros Cattleman's Fair in Havana, Wednesday, March 28,2007. Ramon Castro said Wednesday his younger brother Fidel was doing very well almost eight months following surgery, but joked and dodged reporters' questions about whether the leader would soon appear in public as expected.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

HAVANA (AP) – Cuban state media said 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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