Across South Florida, the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is being met with a sense of celebration from members of the exile community.

Castro, who spent nearly five decades ruling the country after launching a military takeover in 1959, died Friday night at the age of 90. His death was announced on Cuban television by his brother, Raul, who took over as leader of the nation in 2008 when Fidel Castro stepped down.

Hundreds of Cuban Americans crowded to the roads in Hialeah and Little Havana to celebrate the demise of the father of communist Cuba.

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People waved Cuba’s flag and banged on pots and pans along Bird Road and southwest 87th street.

The front page of Sunday’s Miami Herald is a special edition with a simple headline, DEAD, and a photo of Castro.

South Florida Residents, Officials React to Castro’s Death

For more than five decades, thousands of Cubans have been escaping the communist island to gain freedom in the United States and elsewhere.

Many South Florida Cubans told NBC 6 Fidel’s death is symbolic and may pave the way for true change in Cuba.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who had vocally opposed the Castro regime, said the crowds were not celebrating death, instead they were celebrating “an opportunity to begin a new chapter of freedom”.