Cuba's controversial former leader, Fidel Castro, who had been ill for quite some time, died on Friday, Nov. 25 at the age of 90. Many Cuban-American celebrities have expressed their feelings about his death on social media. Gloria Estefan's Instagram response is particularly compelling.
The influential 59-year-old singer emigrated to Miami during the Cuban Revolution, and she penned a response that conveys her unique perspective with an underlying message of hope for the future — both in Cuba and her "beautiful adopted country," the United States. Check out her full-length post, below.
"Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people's freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world."