S. Fla. matriarch, mother of 2 US reps dies

Cuban exile Hilda Caballero Diaz-Balart, the mother of two South Florida members of Congress, has died. She was 88.

Caballero Diaz-Balart died Wednesday at her Miami home.

Her son, former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in a statement that she "simply felt faint and left yesterday."

Her youngest son Mario currently represents South Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her son Jose is a top news anchor for Telemundo. Her eldest son Rafael is a banker.

Caballero was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1924. She married the late Rafael Diaz-Balart, a prominent Cuban lawmaker under Fulgencio Batista. They fled the island after the revolution and eventually settled in Miami.

A mass will be held in her memory at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter & Paul Church in Miami.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features