Sources in Yemen claim that Nasser al-Bahri – Osama Bin Laden’s former bodyguard – died on December 26th, according to the BBC.
Sources claimed that al-Bahri, a Yemeni national, passed away “after a long illness” in a hospital in the southern city of Mukalla.
Al-Bahri, also known as Abu Jandal, was also a driver for the late al-Qaeda leader when he was in Afghanistan.
He was involved in Islamist militant attacks in Bosnia, Somalia, and Afghanistan during the 1990s, but he later renounced al-Qaeda, states the BBC.
After leaving al-Qaeda and returning to Yemen, he was arrested by security forces in February of 2001 at the request of the United States, and was held without trial for nearly two years, according to The Times of Israel.
In a 2010 BBC interview, Bahri said that young people in his native Yemen were susceptible to the lure of extremism.