The individual in charge of the terrorist organization is believed to have died in recent time via asthma-related issues; This comes only months after the killing of Al-Qaeda’s second in command.

Rumors have now surfaced that Al-Qaeda’s number one in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is believed to have died from natural causes related to his asthma. It’s reported that his last “public” appearance was in a celebration video reflecting on the terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2001, when thousands of innocent Americans were killed in New York.

If true, this would mean that both of Al-Qaeda’s top two leaders died within months of each other. Al-Qaeda’s second in command, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was killed in Iran’s capital city of Tehran back in August via Israel’s elite intelligence agency, Mossad. Al-Masri was expected to eventually replace al-Zawahiri.

According to a source with close ties to Al-Qaeda, he died somewhere in Afghanistan. The source said that “he died of asthma because he had no formal treatment…what we know is that he was having some breathing issues and has passed away somewhere in Afghanistan.”

While his death cannot yet be confirmed, it’s believed to be very possible. Groups like Al-Qaeda tend to delay the process when it comes to informing the world that one of its leaders has died. At least one report hints that Al-Zawahiri may have died up to a month ago.