Fidel Castro's death hits home for many Cuban American families across the country -- and right here in Hampton Roads.

Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator who helped bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, tormented 11 American presidents and exerted almost total control over the last remaining communist government in the Western Hemisphere, has died. He was 90.

President Raúl Castro delivered a statement on Cuban television to confirm his brother's death.

For 47 years, Castro maintained his grip over the island nation by forging close bonds with the Soviet Union, Venezuela and China, inspiring a wave of anti-American leaders throughout Latin America along the way.

13News Now's Lucy Bustamante's father and in-laws are from Cuba.

Photojournalist Bono Herrera sat down with her family to talk about how Castro has affected their lives.