Critics saw in him a stubborn bully who violated human rights, jailed his critics, banned opposition parties and wrecked Cuba's economy. Admirers saw a visionary who stood up to U.S. domination of Latin America, brought healthcare and education to the poor, and inspired socialist movements across the world.

Fidel Castro was a man who divided opinion since he came to power in Cuba in 1959 and was iconic for his decades-long defiance of the United States. 

Here's a quick guide to the Cuban president who will remain iconic long after his passing: 

Source: b'Castro (left) with Che Guevara | Source: Reuters\xc2\xa0'
Source: b'Fidel Castro (extreme left) with Raul Castro (extreme right) | Source: AFP'
Source: b'Fidel Castro (L) is shown in file photo dated May 1963 holding the hand of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev | Source: AFP'
Source: b'Fidel Castro (left) with Nelson Mandela | Source: Reuters'
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 with inputs from Reuters