Alberto Granado – Che Guevara’s motorcycling companion and childhood friend – has died in Havana, aged 88.
In 1951, the pair spent eight months riding the length of South America on a Norton 500, a journey credited with inspiring many of Guevara’s revolutionary beliefs.
The 5000 mile trip – made famous by the 2004 film “The Motorcycle Diaries” – happened just eight years before Guevara helped Fidel Castro lead the Cuban Revolution of 1959.
Shortly afterwards, Guevara invited Granado to live in Havana. The Cordoba-born former student of medicine then taught biochemistry at Havana University.
Cuba’s state media has said Granado died of natural causes.