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Cuban cigar legend Robaina dead at 91

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    [​IMG]FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2002 file photo, Cuba's tobacco producer Alejandro Robaina, 83, smokes near new tobacco plants in San Luis, near Pinar del Rio, Cuba. According to Cuban state television, Robaina died on Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File)
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    HAVANA - Cuban tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina, an international symbol of the island's cigar-making prowess, died Saturday. He was 91.Cuban state television announced his death, and the state tobacco concern Habanos SA, which produces the Robaina brand cigar, said on its website that he was the "victim of a somber illness."
    The only Cuban grower with a cigar brand named after him, Robaina traveled for decades as an unofficial global ambassador for the island's stogies. Into his final days, he could be found smoking cigars in a rocking chair on his front port in San Luis, in westernmost Pinar de Rio Province. He worked the fields in Vuelta Abajo, Cuba's most-famous cigar-growing region, where Habanos — a joint venture between the communist government and Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group PLC — produced Robainas.
    Born in the town of Alquizar on March 20, 1919, Robaina began working his family's fields from the time he was 10. He remained in Cuba when that land was nationalized after the revolution that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista and brought Fidel Castro to power on New Year's Day 1959.
    Robaina became famous for the top-quality tobacco he helped produce and was honored numerous times by the Castro government.
    "He left an indelible mark on the history of Cuban tobacco," Havana's Radio Reloj reported.
    There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.