He survived 638 assassination attempts, was at the helm of Cuba for 49 years and nearly sparked a nuclear war. But bad health finally got the better of 90-year-old former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
What lies ahead for Cuba without their former leader and what impact will his passing have on their international relations and trade negotiations?
Waikato University international law expert Al Gillespie spoke to mark Sainsbury about the leader's death.
Watch the video.