On October 19, The New York Times headlined "Another Day, Another Claim That Castro Is Really Dead," saying:
Rumors circulate like tropical storms. They come and go. A Florida doctor floated the latest one. Based on his earlier false claims, place little credence in this one.
In April, Naples, FL Venezuelan Dr. Jose Marquina, a sleep specialist, claimed Chavez was cancer-stricken and dying. He just completed a vigorous campaign.
It culminated in being reelected president for another six years. He's cancer-free, vibrant, ready to lead, and eager to do more for all Venezuelans. Mostly he prioritizes people needs. So does Castro.
The Miami Herald quoted Marquina saying Castro suffered a stroke. He's near "a neurovegetative state," he claimed.
"He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one"The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities."
He's home in El Laguito, Havana, receiving constant, specialized care. "He could last weeks like that, but what I can say is that we'll never again see him in public."
"He is not receiving artificial respiration and is not connected to tubes, as some have said. What's probably true is that Castro is being fed through nasogastric tubes."