Fidel Reported to Be Close to Death
Castro is gravely ill, sources say
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2009 2:45 AM CST
Cuban army officers chant revolutionary slogans during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro was a no-show.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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(Newser) – Fidel Castro may be nearing the end of his life, reports the Miami Herald. It's been almost two months since Castro has been photographed in public. No images were released of his November meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and he was a no-show at the Jan. 1 celebrations of the 50th anniversary of his coming to power.

''Reliable sources have said that he was taken gravely ill,'' said an advisor to the US Task Force on Cuba. "They are monitoring this very closely, including looking for additional movements of security and troops. So far, none of this has happened.''