Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at 90

And some people are celebrating.
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Cuba's former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. His death was announced on Cuban state television late Friday.

The country has declared nine days of national mourning early Saturday, and a burial ceremony to be held on Dec. 4, NBC reports.

Castro's polarizing regime lasted five decades, beginning in 1959 when he overthrew Cuba's dictator to become the country's leader – a move that appealed to some Cubans and caused others to flee, a biography says.

His legacy is marked by communist policies, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, countless assassination attempts, and a trade embargo with the U.S.

In 2008, he turned over power to his brother, Raul Castro, after reports that his health had been declining. Castro has criticized Obama's recent efforts to encourage the reform of Cuba.

Some people are celebrating his death

During Castro's rule, hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled the country, and many settled in Miami.

As news of his death spread Friday night, thousands of exiled Cubans in Little Havana were celebrating by banging pots, waving Cuban flags and cheering, according to the Associated Press.

But some world leaders – like President of Russia Vladimir Putin – are sharing their condolences for a man they say changed the history of mankind.

Here's what people are saying on social media:

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