September 28, 2001
Mexican wrestler Arsacio Vanegas dies at 79
MEXICO CITY (STAFF) -- Arsacio Vanegas, a Mexican professional wrestler who helped train Fidel Castro's revolutionaries, has died after a long illness. He was 79.

 Vanegas died Wednesday, La Jornada newspaper reported. On Friday, it published a letter of condolence from Castro.

 "Kid" Vanegas was a popular wrestler in the 1950s when he was introduced to Castro, who was in exile in Mexico preparing a force of guerrillas to topple Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

 Vanegas gave physical training to the Cubans and stored some of their weapons in his house.

 The guerrillas eventually overthrew Batista on Jan. 1, 1959.

 He once said he was "content, satisfied" to see Castro triumph, "but at the same time sad, because many of those I trained died in combat."

- with files from Canoe wire services
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