Marta Fernandez de Batista, 82, the widow of former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, died Monday at her home in West Palm Beach, said her son, Roberto Batista. She had suffered a heart attack on Sept. 8.
Born Marta Fernandez Miranda, she was Batista's second wife. She earned a reputation as a lover of the arts and supporter of the needy, both in Cuba and the United States, giving to South Florida charities that fought cancer and leukemia, her son said.
Her husband was pushed out of power by Fidel Castro's rebels more than 47 years ago, leaving Havana in the middle of the night on Jan. 1, 1959. The former dictator, then 58 year, fled first to the Dominican Republic, then Portugal, and finally Spain, where he died in 1973.