Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is in good health despite long silence and absence from the public, his son Alex Castro said here Friday, quashing speculations that he may be gravely ill.
Castro, now 86, spends his time reading and following his exercise routine, said Alex, a photographer.
He spoke at the opening of his exhibit "The Face of History," which displays photographs he has taken of his famous father, in the eastern city of Guantanamo.
Rumors surrounding Castro's health recurred frequently on Twitter and other social networks whenever he disappeared from the public. Suspicions deepened this week, as Castro made no public statements congratulating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fellow socialist, on his reelection last Sunday.
Castro officially stepped down in 2006 and handed over his reign to his younger brother Raul Castro after suffering from a life-threatening intestinal ailment.
After retirement, he kept commenting on world politics through a regular editorial column called "Reflections," but his last piece was published on June 19 and his last public appearance was in March.
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