Che Guevara Riding Companion Passes On

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 7, 2011: The motorcycling companion of Argentine medical student turned revolutionary, Che Guevara, has died in Cuba at the age of 88.

Cuban state media said Alberto Granado died in Havana at the weekend. The report added that Granado’s last wish was that his ashes be spread in Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina, the country where he and Guevara were born and from which they began their odyssey on motorbikes in 1951.

Granado, a biochemist, had lived in Cuba since the early 1960s after being invited to the Caribbean island by Guevara following the country’s revolution.
Granado and Guevara embarked together in 1951 on an epic road trip which took them the length of South America from their native Argentina.

The adventure led Guevara to join Fidel Castro’s uprising against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Granado’s account of the trip, Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary, as well as Guevara’s diaries, formed the basis for a 2004 film,
The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles and starring Gael García Bernal as Che and Rodrigo de la Serna as Alberto.

Guevara was killed in Bolivia in 1967 while attempting to foment a revolution in the Andean country.

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