HAVANA, January 13. /TASS/. Argentine football celebrity, Diego Maradona, has received a letter from Fidel Castro, the Venezuela-financed Telesur channel said on Monday.
It demonstrated a copy of the letter sent by Castro in a newscast. The fact can serve as a disproof of the rumors on Comandante Fidel’s ostensible death.
On Friday, many foreign reporters here awaited a press conference that had supposedly been promised to the media. Many of them linked it to a possible announcement of the Cuban revolutionary leader’s death but the rumors turned out to be a yet another instance of journalistic red herring.
Last week, Maradona was in Havana filming two episodes of a televised show he hosts. Fabiola Lopez, Telesur’s correspondent in Cuba said Fidel, 88, had apparently watched the renewal of Maradona’s programmes before writing the letter.
The channel showed photos of Maradona holding Castro’s letter. The report said a part of the message was devoted to global oil consumption, the release from jail of three Cuban intelligence agents in the U.S., and the recent summit of ALBA, an association of leftwing Latin American countries.
A TV show with Maradona’s comments enjoyed big success with audiences throughout Latin America during the FIFA World Cup championship in Brazil last summer and Telesur signed an agreement with Maradona for a new series of programmes.