27/11/2016 8:28 AM AEDT | Updated 03/01/2017 10:49 AM AEDT

Explore Cuban Leader Fidel Castro's Controversial Life In Photos

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who died Friday night at the age of 90, reflected on his life and legacy months before his death. 

Just ahead of his last birthday in August, the controversial leader spoke of how he saw his impact on the country he ruled for nearly half a century. “Soon I’ll be 90, something that never would have occurred to me,” he said. “Soon I’ll be like all the others. Our time comes for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will endure.”

Castro’s admirers are remembering him as a revolutionary global figure, his detractors as a tyrannical dictator. Take a look at his remarkable life in photos: