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:
with inputs from Reuters