The Mexican Marina (navy) were involved in the clash that resulted in the death, absolute confirmation is pending...
Father Goyo confirms the death as being El Chayo, and that he was killed in a shootout in Tumbicastio.
It is reported that DNA was taken from Chayo's brother, arrested on February 18, 2014 and is is being compared to the man killed.
Although, autodefensas leaders confirm it is Chayo, no official government word yet, only off the record government sources have confirmed.
However, on March 4th, journalist Carlos Loret de Mola reported that "government sources" revealed it had 2 recent photos of Chayo and that he is alive. Other reports say he usually wears all white and rides a white horse through the sierras, appearing as the mythical character he is thought of by some.