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Cuban-American member of the US House of Representatives Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R) spoke at a press conference at Miami's International Airport with his brother Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (L) on Feb. 11, 2010.  (Source: Getty Images)

Cuban-American member of the US House of Representatives Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R) spoke at a press conference at Miami’s International Airport with his brother Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (L) on Feb. 11, 2010. (Source: Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Hilda Caballero Diaz-Balart, the mother of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, passed away at her Miami home on Wednesday at the age of 88.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in a statement that she “simply felt faint and left yesterday.”

Her youngest son Mario currently represents South Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her son Jose is a top news anchor for Telemundo. Her eldest son Rafael is a banker.

Caballero was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1924. She married the late Rafael Diaz-Balart, a prominent Cuban lawmaker under Fulgencio Batista. They fled the island after the revolution and eventually settled in Miami.

A mass will be held in her memory at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter & Paul Church in Miami.

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