His body has been recovered by US authorities, US President Barack Obama has confirmed after a fire fight with US forces.
Obama made the dramatic announcement in a hastily called, late-night appearance at the White House.
Obama said the US had enough evidence last week to launch an operation against a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding in Pakistan.
A small team of US soldiers landed in the compound and after a firefight killed bin Laden. They had his body. DNA tests confirmed it was bin Laden’s body.