O. Espinosa Chepe | Cuban dissident, 72
Mr. Espinosa died in Fuenfria Hospital in Cercedilla, just north of Madrid, where he had been undergoing treatment for chronic liver disease since March. His wife, Miriam Leiva, said she was not sure whether his remains would be repatriated.
Mr. Espinosa was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the Black Spring, a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked European Union sanctions lasting five years.
Little known at the time of his imprisonment, Mr. Espinosa was sentenced to 20 years but released after 19 months on medical humanitarian grounds, on his 64th birthday.
He was born in the central province of Cienfuegos, and along with many of his generation was infused with revolutionary fervor following Fidel Castro's 1959 Cuban Revolution.
He graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Havana in 1961 and began a long career of mid- and high-ranking posts in the government, including as counselor to then-Prime Minister Castro in the '60s and later as head of the powerful Office of Agrarian Reform.
According to Mr. Espinosa's account, in the early 1990s, after voicing disagreement with the country's economic policies, he was denounced by a colleague, publicly sanctioned and ultimately fired. - AP