Former ruler of Cuba Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. The aging leader handed over power to his brother Raul in 2006 and resigned as President in 2008. He led the country for 47 years. Castro grew up on a sugar plantation and trained as a lawyer before he overthrew the previous government in 1959. He made Cuba the first communist nation in the western hemisphere. His land reforms and programs for universal education and healthcare were aimed at improving the lives of the poor. But the revolution also brought the brutal repression of all opposition, and tens of thousands of Cubans fled the island during his reign. Raul Castro, Fidel’s younger brother announced on state television that he passed away at 10:29pm Friday night.