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RIP: Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart, 29.


LDBLincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart, son and namesake of a former congressman and nephew of a current U.S. representative, died Sunday at the age of 29.

The family has asked for privacy and time to grieve.

The Diaz-Balart family is, perhaps, the most-politically powerful in Miami's Cuban-exile community.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is a sitting Republican representative. His brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart retired from congress after the 2010 elections. Another brother, Jose Diaz-Balart is a Telemundo host. A cousin of theirs is son and namesake of Fidel Castro, a prior uncle by marriage. A longtime family friend and virtual sister, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, expressed her sorrow this morning in a radio interview during which she spoke of the toll of depression and suicide.

The family's statement:

It is with infinite sadness that we announce the passing, on May 19, 2013, of our beloved son and brother, Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart.

For many years, Lincoln Gabriel struggled with depression.

Lincoln Gabriel was a kind and loving human being. His love and compassion touched many lives during his 29 years.

We will remember him with profound love and devotion for the rest of our lives.

Lincoln, Cristina, and Daniel Diaz-Balart


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So sorry to read of this tragedy. May the Diaz Balart family find peace in know that there are many who are praying for them and Lincoln Gabriel

Berta R. Bravo

Sending my heartfelt condolences. Thoughts & Prayers are with your family.


God bless this family during difficult times.

Thomas Fernandez

I was blessed to have grown up with L.G. in my life. As a cousin and a friend, I always knew that he was a man I could always count on to come to my aid or give me support. All who had the pleasure of knowing him can attest to the size of his heart and the love he had for us.
I cannot find the words to express the sense of loss I feel right now. He will always have a special place in my heart. I love you L.G.- I'll miss you for the rest of my life.

Liz Fernandez

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Mayra Sanchez

Our thoughts and prayers go out to The Diaz-Balart Family. Lincoln Jr. was the sweetest young man and will always be remembered with love and admiration. He was truly special to all of us in our family
Mayra Sanchez

Alba Rabasso

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Diaz-Balart family. May the Lord help you through this rough time. Many blessing, Alba Rabasso

Magali Bertran

Realmente lo siento que Dios los ayude en estos dificiles momentos.

Tio Alberto

LG brought us gifts that can't be priced. Over and over again, warmth and kindness, selfless in his giving and caring for others, always a touching word, a bright smile with a genuineness that few men can command. His concern for others and his sense of humor, his interests in things that gave his life purpose. He was loved by his family without reserve, fully and unconditionally. I raised him as a child, held him in my arms. He grew to be a mountain of a man whose grasp cloaked you in a secure, tight embrace. Now, in the depth of this loss, I mourn for my family, that we heal together and gain comfort from knowing that he fought a very difficult disease on his terms, and now rests in peace.
Te quiero- LG, siempre.

Julio Revuelta

Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Diaz-Balart family.
God Bless.

Delia Martinez

En estos momentos no hay consuelo. Mi corazón se siente apretado por la angustia sabiendo el dolor que estan sufriendo. Mis oraciones es lo unico que les puedo ofrecer. Cristina te mando un fuerte, fuerte abrazo.

Lorenzo XX

This is Marc Caputo, editing over Lorenzo's comments per the request of a family friend. Normally, I don't do this. But, considering the delicacy and sadness of the situation, I've made an exception.

I'm closing the comments henceforth.

Gustavo Valdes

Heartfelt condolences to the Diaz-Balart family. May God bless LG and his family.

Judge Jonathan Colby (Ret.)

I am so sad to have heard this news. My heartfelt thoughts of sorrow and prayers to our family friend Lincoln and family. My sister, Jamie Colby and I are devastated and send our love to you all. Love, Judge Jonathan T. Colby (Ret.)


Querida familia no tengo palabras con las cuales expresar la tristeza y desconsuelo que senti al conocer de vuestra perdida y solo le pido a Dios y Santa Rita de Cascia en la cual yo siempre me he refugiado en los momentos mas dificiles de mi vida que les arropen con sus mantos para aceptar lo que es inaceptable.
Como saben los quiero de todo corazon !!!!

aleli Puig

My heart hurts for the devastating news and the pain that you are feeling at this moment....he is in peace with God.
My love, Aleli Puig

Luis Hernandez

Our sincere condolences to Lincoln and family.
Luis and Ana Maria Hernandez

Oscar Marcos

God bless this great family in this time of sorrow as always. Many people are praying with you.
Oscar Marcos


This is Marc Caputo, editing over "Daniel's" comments (as well as Lorenzo, to whom he referred) per the request of a family friend. Normally, I don't do this. But, considering the delicacy and sadness of the situation, I've made an exception.

I'm closing the comments henceforth.

Javier Salman

Our family's deepest sympathies and prayers go out to your entire family at this devastating news. Un fuerte abrazo y nuestro carino siempre.

Javier Salman


Daniel and Lorenzo...neither of you have ANY idea what you are talking about when it comes to Lincoln and his family. Your comments are overgeneralized and insensitive. Having an opinion doesn't mean you always have to share it. Those two posts are perfect examples of how your OWN parents failed. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Maria Kramer

The Diaz Balarts are a wonderful family, Linclon and Christina would do anything for their children and well being. My thought and prayers and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

May God Bless and protect your family.

Michelle Fernandez

I had the honor of being Lincoln's cousin and friend. My heart hurts from this news, but he is now at rest and in eternal paradise. LG was one of the greatest people- was smart, witty, and could make a room full of people laugh. I will never forget you, LG. Give Abuela and Aboo a big kiss for me. I love you to the moon and back. Saying goodbye is going to be the hardest thing ever. Watch over us, LG. I love you more than words can say.


I agree with David...I knew Lincoln personally and he was a great guy, always caring about others. Daniel & Lorenzo, if you have an opinion please say it somewhere else. There is no need for those comment on this thread!

RIP Licoln, you will always be remembered by all OUR friends as a GREAT FRIEND.

Nelba Hidalgo

Daniel And Lorenzo. You Are Both Are Two Sorry Souls,Shame On You, I Hope This Never Happen To Your Family. You Need To Ask God For Forgiveness On This Ugly Comment That You Both Wrote.

Natalie Merino

Our thoughts and prayers with the Diaz-Balart Family at this time.

I will always remember LG at Epiphany; we all will remember him when he decided one day to calm down our 8th grade Math teacher by saying: ..."would you like me to fluff pillows?"... (after a misbehave class).

R.I.P. Lincoln Gabriel

Natalie Merino, ARPN


Mi mas sentido pesame para esta familia.


As a father, I can imagine the profound pain and suffering when you lose a child. I have followed Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart career since the early seventies. My sincere condolences and may God give him and his entire family, the strength to deal with this tragedy.

antonio otero

May God Bless you!

Zaida Travieso

My sincere condolences to the Diaz-Balart family. May God be with you all.


Lincoln and Cristina: We will all pray for you. God will be there to help you through this. You have been wonderful parents and LG knew that. A big hug to both of you.

Love Margueritte

Shocked Nat

Thank you David for speaking up. Daniel and Lorenzo obviously have serious issues to say such things of a family you don't even know. Rest In Peace Lincoln. You were loved by all your friends and family!! Anyone who got to know you was lucky!! My condolences to the entire Diaz-Balart family. Senidng love and strength to you now.

Ana Lanuza

It's so sad to hear this news today, especially being a fellow classmate of LG's at Epiphany. I will always remember him and the funny memories he left so many of us growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart.

Ana Lanuza

AnaBelle Ramos Dweck

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Diaz-Balart Family.


The death of a young person by their own hand is always very sad, very tragic, and hard for the family to bear. Sometimes from great pain, great compassion is born. Many people in our country suffer from a lack of healthcare, even while so many in the healthcare industry have accrued vast wealth. Some of the neglected ones, very often people impoverished through circumstances, die from this neglect. It is especially difficult for older people over 55 but under 65, unemployed, using up their savings for health insurance, or going without. We can only hope that those in power have mercy on us, and consider extending medicare, at least to 55 year olds who have very low incomes. It is cruel to ask these people to use up their retirement savings, if they have any left, and foolish public policy, besides. For those underwater in their home mortgages, the situation is grave, indeed.

Janet Perez

Lincoln and Cristina, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God bless you and help you get through this difficult time.

Janet B. Perez


My heart goes out to the Diaz Balart family in this time of unbearable grief. I know words do little to console your pain, but it's very obvious from this thread that you have many loved ones who will be there to offer a comforting embrace. It sounds like Lincoln had a kind heart and a noble soul. He left behind wonderful memories, and that's a beautiful thing.

I too am a person who has seen his family touched by the horrific disease of depression. It is a disease that one cannot fathom until your life is touched by it, and it is one that affects not only the person who is ill, but all loved ones around who feel helpless. We need to shed a bright light on depression and mental illness. Treat it with the seriousness and respect that we do any other catastrophic illness. A broader, more intense and more inclusive network of professional support has to be made available to ALL the ill. As a society, we are sorely lacking our fellow citizens. A serious dialogue must begin at the highest of levels.

There is NEVER any good that comes from a tragedy. But sometimes they serve to awaken the consciousness of others. We all can and should do more.

Miriam Ortiz

I went to St. Brendan with Lincoln and he was such a nice person. This news is very tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Renier Diaz de la Portilla

Nothing but utter shock, and complete empathy upon hearing this tragic news. May he rest in peace and may those who remain behind find a way to support, sustain and improve programs for the often undetected and ignored-but very real-illness of clinical depression.
My prayers go out to Lincoln, Christina, his brother Danny, and his uncle Mario.

Marilyn Bonilla Krantz

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to your family at this profoundly sad time. Hopefully future research, education and treatment can prevent the loss of life and potential caused by clinical depression and dispel societal misconceptions about this illness.
With love,
The Bonilla Family

Lourdes Ambros Samitier

Our sons were together for a short time at Epiphany. I pray that the family finds the strength to go on knowing that he is no longer suffering and with God.
The Ambros-Samitier Family

Raul Puig

Lincoln and Cristina: We lost a 26 years old son, under related circumstances, seven years ago next month and we can respectfully tell you that, we truly understand how you must feel right now.
There is no consolation no matter what anybody says; however, you still have another son and a large family and friends that love you, and in memory of Lincoln Gabriel's life accomplishments on this earth, you have to be strong and keep up on living, celebrating his life for as long as you live, one day at a time, so that the grieving and healing process can do its work and help you cope with this tragedy. Don't try to find the answer as to why this tragedy happened. You are not going to find it. Only God knows.

God bless the Diaz-Balart family in this moment of sorrow!

Raul and Lizzette Puig

Carmen Regalado

This is something that nobody ever expects. My mother knew this children and they were lovely family. The Lord is the only one that can understand this.

We pray for this family and his soul.

Carmen, Marcelino y Ricardo Regalado

ana ortiz

Our deepest sympathy. May the angels guide Lincoln Gabriel to paradise.

Best regards.

Jose & Ani Ortiz

Virginia LopezRey

My deepest condolences to Lincoln, Cristina, and Daniel. I pray for you and I know that many, many others must be praying, as well. Depression is a terrible, deeply painful illness that is altogether too prevalent.

My youngest son sends his condolences, too. He told me he remembers sitting next to Lincoln in Spanish class at Christopher Columbus, and remembers the conversations they shared.

Much love,

Virginia LopezRey (f/k/a Bustillo)


MI Sentido pesame, que Dios los acompane, y tenga el alma de su hijo en su seno.. Dios es grande y misericordioso y no les va dar mas de lo que ustedes puedan llevar, el sufre y llora con ustedes..Dios los bendiga y el alma de su hijo descanse en paz… Fuerza y mucha oracion Dios esta con ustedes..

Lizette Winland-Kovarskiy

Our sincere condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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