"The dictator of Cuba has died!!!!!FINALY!!!!"
So starts the trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's much-shared Facebook post, written in the early morning hours after Fidel Castro's death was announced.
"I'm happy that they'll cremate him, at least his bones will not contaminate the ground," punctuated Sandoval, summing what thousands of Cuban exiles felt.
Sandoval never minced words when he spoke about Castro and his dictatorship. His struggles as a musician and a husband where chronicled in the made-for-TV movie For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (with Andy Garcia playing the role of the trumpet virtuoso), including Dizzy Gillespie's "discovery" of Sandoval and Sandoval's efforts to leave the island.
The dictator of Cuba has died!!!!!FINALY!!!! I've been waiting for this day for so many years in my life, but...
Posted by Arturo Sandoval on Friday, November 25, 2016
"I've been waiting for this day for so many years in my life, but unfortunately after 58 years of a horrible dictatorship the damage that he did to our country is impossible to fix at least in a few generations to come, I think that he'll no even be admitted in hell," Sandoval wrote.
"I never thought that my parents would go before him, they died thinking to at least come back to see our relatives.
I thought that when this day arrived I would be jumping on one feet for hours, but unfortunately what I'm thinking now is about so many people that lost their lives because of him."