Fidel Castro dismisses rumors over poor health

  • Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro has written an article dismissing rumors that he is on his deathbed.

    The 86-year-old slammed international media "lies" and published photos of himself in Cuba's state media on Monday.

    He said he was in good health, adding he could not even remember the last time he had a headache.

    The last images of Castro to be made public were in March, when the Cuban revolutionary leader met Pope Benedict during the pontiff's visit to the Communist island.

    Castro led Cuba after the revolution in 1959, first as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and later as president.

    In 2006, he underwent surgery and his brother Raul became acting president.

    In February 2008, Fidel Castro officially handed over power to Raul who has been leading the country since.