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Fidel Castro Reportedly Close to 'Neurovegetative State'
Fidel Castro death rumors are like the Nigerian e-mail scam of the news cycle -- they've been around forever and are never going away. So here we are: according to the Miami Herald, is Castro "very close to a neurovegetative state" -- not quite dead, but close:

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information.

"He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one," said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

"The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities."

Castro is 86 years old now and his brother, Raúl, has been the President of Cuba since 2008. He hasn't been seen in public since this past March, and is reportedly receiving treatment at his home in Havana. The Herald also reported that Hugo Chavez flew to Castro's home this week to check on his health, but there is no indication exactly how close to death Fidel might be.
Posted by:tipper

#18  Sounds like he's just a normal Liberal Progressive then.
Posted by: Hellfish   2012-10-19 21:39  

#17  I'll believe it when I see the Big Parade...
Posted by: tu3031   2012-10-19 20:55  

#16  A fine day, indeed, JFM. Do we know whether Castro's condition is due to lifelong exposure to communism or whether he is just a rotten old bastard?
Posted by: SteveS   2012-10-19 19:46  

#15  Hepefully he will die the very same day Obama is defetaed. Thatat will be a perfect day.
Posted by: JFM   2012-10-19 18:59  

#14  If I go to Havana and pay the right people, will they let me poke him with a broom handle?
Posted by: Grunter   2012-10-19 17:29  

#13  Source was bad wrong about Hugo. So maybe not.
Posted by: Shipman   2012-10-19 17:27  

#12  Thought all communists were in a neuro-vegetative state.
Posted by: JohnQC   2012-10-19 17:01  

#11  They'll never admit to Castro dying until the corpse starts falling apart during formal functions.
Posted by: Charles   2012-10-19 15:52  

#10  Do ra me...

Sound like the Fat Lady is a warmin' up!
Posted by: Spot   2012-10-19 13:59  

#9  "Better stay away from him,
He'll rip your lungs out, Jim
I'd like to meet his tailor"

In his later years - Fidel started wearing some very nice tailored suits. Don't know if it was some sort of image re-make .... but he did "show" better in public :-) Like the lyrics say - I'd like to meet his tailor :-)
Posted by: Raider   2012-10-19 12:49  

#8  "I'm a carrot!"
Posted by: mojo   2012-10-19 11:24  

#7  Nimble, you think he may have Bidenitis?
Posted by: Thritch Omavique5407   2012-10-19 11:15  

#6  Close?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2012-10-19 10:17  

#5  Did he start smiling and laughing at inappropriate times? Cuz I know another person...
Posted by: Frank G   2012-10-19 07:59  

#4  neurovegetative state = Cuba
cerebral hemorrhage = Castro Today
total deficit in their neurologic capacities = Any Communist

I agree with gromky Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Posted by: Galactic Coordinator Spaiter7789   2012-10-19 07:05  

#3  Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Posted by: gromky   2012-10-19 06:26  

#2  Interesting. Oooohgo goes to Cuba for treatment and Fidel has a Venezuelan doc.
Posted by: Bobby   2012-10-19 05:44  

#1  A "Neurovegetative State" would clearly indicate his condition continues to improve.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-10-19 02:28