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Gloria Estefan: Death of Fidel Castro can lead to positive change

Cuban-American singer reacts to Fidel Castro's death

MIAMI – Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan used Instagram to react to Fidel Castro's death on Saturday. 

Estefan, who was born in Havana,  said news of his death brought both feelings of hope and relief.

She said the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration. But she believes Cubans in Miami are celebrating "the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies" that Fidel Castro espoused. 

"Although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view ... can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people," she said.

Estefan also blamed Castro for the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people's freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving and successful country.

She said she hoped the news inspires hope "in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world."