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Cuban Revolutionary Montane Dies

May 8, 1999

HAVANA (AP) _ Jesus Montane, one of an old band of revolutionaries who fought alongside Fidel Castro to seize power in Cuba in the 1950s, died Friday. His age was not disclosed.

The government announced his death, saying only that he died of a massive heart attack in the early morning.

Dictator Fulgencio Batista jailed Montane with Castro and other guerrillas in Cuba’s Isle of Pines for several years after they mounted a failed attack in 1953 on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago, launching the revolution.

The revolutionaries were later released under an amnesty decree and fled to Mexico, where they planned a second attack on Cuba.

They returned in 1956, vanished into the countryside and continued fighting Batista, finally overthrowing him Jan. 1, 1959.

The government gave no details of Montane’s survivors or funeral arrangements.

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