Singer Gloria Estefan, who was born in Havana and fled to the United Sates with her family as a result of the Cuban revolution, took to social media after news broke.
“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,” Gloria wrote on Instagram. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
Meanwhile, former baseball player Jose Canseco, who was also born in Havana, reacted as well.
“I was born in Cuba and Fidel Castro was our leader. Came to the USA because of him,” Jose tweeted. “Can’t say I feel anything for his death. There is a reason many defected to USA”