The Islamic State terrorist group (IS) has confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi according to an IS statement.
The terrorist group also said that a successor will be duly announced.
The Russian defence ministry had earlier released a statement on the 16th of June saying that Al-Baghdadi was likely eliminated after an airstrike.
Al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance to the public when he announced the creation of a caliphate in the Middle East.
Since his appearance several reports of his death have been circulated in the media with no official confirmation of his death.
Iyad Al-Obaidi and Ayad Al-Jumaili have been regarded as leading contenders to be the successor to Al-Baghdadi.
Iyad Al-Obaidi and Ayad Al-Jumaili, both were army officers under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Baghdadi awarded himself the title of “caliph”, the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler, regarded as the successor of the Prophet Mohammad, in 2014.
The appointment of the new leader would require the approval of an eight-member shoura council, an advisory body to the caliph.