Cuban President Fidel Castro speaks during a ceremony granting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, not seen, UNESCO's 2005 Jose Marti International Prize at the Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb 3,2006. Marti,who died in 1895 during Cuba's war of independence with Spain, has been glorified in Cuba as the ultimate anti-imperialist, a label both Chavez and Castro have embraced for themselves in their struggles with the United States. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

Fidel Castro: Charismatic Revolutionary Leader Who Defied The Odds

Castro was regarded, love him or hate him, as a superb fighter, athlete, strategist and orator.