An "Osama is dead" report hits the news
France's Defense Ministry said a secret reports that Osama bin Laden had died could not be confirmed. A French regional newspaper, L'Est Republicain, published a report quoting a French secret service report as saying Saudi Arabia is convinced al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan last month. (Reuters). The Australian, citing its own correspondents reports that US officials cannot confirm reports, leaked from French sources, that Osama bin Laden has died.
Agence France Press adds that "information gathered by the Saudis" indicates that bin Laden "might have succumbed to a very serious case of typhoid fever resulting in partial paralysis of his lower limbs while in Pakistan on August 23, 2006. His geographic isolation provoked by constant fleeing is believed to have made medical assistance impossible (and) on September 4, 2006, the Saudi security services received preliminary information of his death."
Just thought this might be an interesting snippet. Consider the number of times OBL has been reported deceased, it's probably best to see where this one will go. But it's also useful to remember that, as in Zarqawi's case, death comes to everyone.