The Collective
Saturday, August 25, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Rumors on Castro’s health swirl in Miami

Premature rumors of Castro’s death are a staple in this heavily Cuban-exile city. But their frequency has intensified in recent days after his 81st birthday came and went Aug. 13 with neither pictures, letters nor recordings from him.

Friday, the rumors were pushed into overdrive by a meeting of local officials to go over their plans for when Castro really dies and a road closure in the Florida Keys that was actually due to a police standoff.

A circular game ensued with radio stations reporting the rumors, citing TV stations, which cited the rumors on the street.

Apparently these rumors are are what led to the story I noted yesterday, wherein the Cuban government was officially insisting that Fidel was on the mend and would govern Cuban again in the future.

For whatever reason, the exile community in Miami has gotten especially wound up about the fact he Fidel failed to make a personal appearance at his August 13th birthday bash, and this has led to meetings noted in the quote above, as well as (according to Babalu Blog) heavy discussion on Spanish-language TV in Miami which have included assurances by the mayor that there is no evidence that Fidel is dead.

Right now the only “source” that is sticking to the story that Fidel is dead is the gossip blog, Perez Hilton, which should tell us all exactly how much real information there is out there on this topic.

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  1. This is why I never publish anything, until I know that it’s 100% true.

    Saves the egg on the face later.

    Nice Blog. :)


    Comment by Chuck @ Detroit Populist Times — Saturday, August 25, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  2. He’s dead again

    That’s what my wife said to me when hearing the latest Fidel Castro rumor. Isn’t Leonita a wise woman?

    Trackback by The Florida Masochist — Saturday, August 25, 2007 @ 8:42 am

  3. Chuck,


    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Saturday, August 25, 2007 @ 8:54 am

  4. No Official Word

    I see that the rumors are still out there about Castro’s oxygen intake reduction and his contributions to reducing global warming emissions by holding his breath permanently. However, the only proof will be when the Cuban government officially admits…

    Trackback by A Blog For All — Saturday, August 25, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  5. [...] On Saturday I noted that there were rumors swirling around like mad in Miami concerning Fideal Castro’s earthly status. [...]

    Pingback by PoliBlog ™: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts » Well, That Will Quell the Speculation… — Monday, August 27, 2007 @ 6:06 am

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