Camilo Guevara March, one of Che Guevara’s sons, dies at 60

Camilo Guevara March, son of the revolutionary leader of Argentine origin Ernesto “Che” Guevara, died this Tuesday in Venezuela at the age of 60 due to a heart attack, according to the Cuban government.

“With deep sorrow we say goodbye to Camilo, Che’s son and promoter of his ideas, as director of the Che Center, which preserves part of his father’s extraordinary legacy. Hugs to his mother, Aleida, to her widow and daughters and to the entire Guevara March family,” Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel wrote on Twitter.

According to the Cuban state agency Prensa Latina, Guevara March was visiting Caracas and died “as a result of a pulmonary thromboembolism that led to a heart attack.”

Camilo Guevara was one of the four children of the Argentine doctor and guerrilla fighter with the Cuban Aleida March, joined by Aleida, Celia and Ernesto. Guevara had another daughter, Hilda, who died in 1995, from his previous marriage to the Peruvian Hilda Gadea.

A labor law graduate, Camilo Guevara was director of the Che Guevara Study Center in Havana, an institution that keeps the personal files of the leader of the Cuban Revolution and is dedicated to perpetuating his work and thought.

In an interview conducted by EFE a few years ago and published in Cubadebate, Camilo Guevara was critical of the “excessive and disproportionate” marketing of his father’s image, since he believed that this diluted the history and ideology of the Argentine guerrilla.

“In my opinion, they try to disappear Che, Che’s history, they leave the image empty and they want to separate it from Che’s history. That is useful because Che, whether they like it or not, is a subversive symbol, in the best sense of the word, a symbol of resistance, of fighting against domination,” Camilo Guevara said on that occasion.

“People have him on their shirt and think he’s a rocker or whatever. But he doesn’t know who he really is. Ultimately the name is known. He can even tell you two or three elements that supposedly make him already a specialist in Che”, he explained.

According to the Argentine newspaper Clarín, Che’s son maintained a relationship with Suylén Milanés (50), who died last January from a stroke and daughter of Cuban singer Pablo Milanés and with whom he had a daughter, Camila.

Camilo Guevara, in the center, with his parents Ernesto Guevara and Aleida March, and his brothers Ernesto and Celia. Photo: AFP

The Argentine revolutionary, born in Rosario in 1928, and died in 1967, was a theorist and tactician of guerrilla warfare, a prominent figure in the Cuban Revolution, and a guerrilla leader in South America.

After the forces led by Fidel Castro and Guevara overthrew the Fulgencio Batista regime in 1959, Che launched new guerrilla actions in Africa and Latin America. In November 1966 he settled in Bolivia, intending to fight against the de facto government headed by General René Barrientos.

After being wounded and captured after a combat with the Bolivian Army, he was executed on October 9, 1967.

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