Che's riding companion dead

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Granado outlived Guevera by over 40 years, probably because he didn’t take on the CIA.

The subject of one of the most prominent mainstream motorcycle films of recent years has died.

The UK’s Telegraph is reporting that Alberto Granado, whose motorcycling exploits with legendary Communist guerrilla Che Guevera were immortalized in books and a film based on Guevera’s own diaries, died Saturday at age 88.

His seven-month road trip with Guevera was the basis for Walter Salles’ 2004 movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Granado didn’t embark on a life as a militant revolutionary after the trip, unlike Guevera; he spent the rest of his life working as a doctor, academic, and researcher.

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