Cuban Interior Minister Carlos Fernandez Gondin, a Cuban hero and revolutionary figure died Saturday at the age of 78, according to the country’s Ministers Council.
General Gondin died “due to complications of a chronic disease he suffered,” according to the official statement announcing his death.
"Division General Carlos Fernandez Gondin's behavior is an example of loyalty to the Party, the people and the Revolution," the statement added.
Born on July 1, 1938 in Santiago de Cuba, Gondin was involved from an early age in several struggles against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, and he entered the Rebel Army in 1958 under the command of Raul Castro.
After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Gondin was part of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, fought in the Giron Beach battle also known as Bay of Pigs in 1962, and led the Ministry of Interior. He was one of the first Cubans to arrive in Angola and a key figure in the country’s independence in 1975.
The general was also a founding member of the Cuban Communist Party, part of the Central Committee and member of the National Assembly.
He received the honorary title of Hero of the Cuban Republic and the “Maximo Gomez” Order in the 40th anniversary of the independence of Angola.