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"Osama hooked to herbal Viagra"

entertainment Updated: May 10, 2011 13:48 IST

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Osama bin Laden’s fifth wife has claimed that the killed al-Qaeda leader was not on kidney dialysis, but used to take Viagra during his stay in his Pakistani compound.

Insisting that bin Laden used to take the herbal impotence drug, Amal al-Sadeh, who was shot in the leg when SEALs burst into their bedroom and killed the terror leader, said: "He believed in his own medication."

Osama Bin Laden wasn't on kidney dialysis - but he did need a herbal impotence drug.

The New York Daily News quoted the Yemeni woman as saying that her husband had fully recovered from two kidney surgeries a decade ago, and that he needed no dialysis before his death, but cured himself with his own regimen, which included watermelons.

It was also reported that the Saudis had hired an assassin to poison Bin Laden in 1999, and the toxin gave him kidney failure.

In January 2002, then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had also claimed that the terrorist leader had probably already died of kidney failure, and that he needed to travel with two dialysis machines.

Now however, evidence from the medicine cabinet in Bin Laden's hideout has revealed that he was not that weak as he was expected to be.

"He was neither weak nor frail," 29-year-old Sadeh said.

The medicines that were found in the compound reportedly included drugs to treat shingles, ulcers, nerve pain, high blood pressure, and Avena syrup, an extract of wild oats that is marketed as a natural "Viagra”.