Headline spotted in this AP article from CNN news: “Castro Signs Essay, Keeps Mum on Death Rumors.”
If he’s actually dead, of course, that might go a long way towards explaining Castro’s conversational failings. On the other hand, while it’s true that he failed to show up for his 81st birthday on Aug. 13, perhaps he’s just not found of cake. And the fact that not even a photo or video of him has surfaced since June 5 might just mean that he’s gotten vain in his old age and doesn’t like the way he looks any more (we all know how digital cameras tend to show every line).
The rumor mill in Miami considers his death a consummation devoutly to be wished. It’s been nearly fifty years, after all, that they’ve been waiting. One thing is certain, though—this particular wish is one that will some day be fulfilled.