Elián González Remembers Fidel Castro As A Father Figure In Mournful Interview

Elián González, in an interview on Cuban State TV, mourns the passing of Fidel Castro, describing “El Comandante” as a father figure-turned-friend. After he was found floating off the Florida coast as a little boy circa 1999, González remembers wanting to make Castro proud of him.

“He is a father who like my father, I wanted to show him everything I achieved,” he said of the Cuban revolutionary who passed on Friday (Nov. 25) at 90 years old.

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González became the center of an international custody battle 16 years ago in Miami, after his mother and other Cubans died in a shipwreck, traversing to the United States from the island. In the end, González had to return to his father and grandparents in Cuba.