Russian mercenary chief Prigozhin dead, channel affiliated with Wagner says

Russia's Prigozhin posts first video since mutiny, hints he's in Africa

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is dead, a Telegram channel affiliated with his Wagner mercenary group reported on Wednesday.

"The head of the Wagner Group, a Hero of Russia, a true patriot of his Motherland – Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin died as a result of the actions of traitors to Russia," a post in the Grey Zone channel said.

"But even in Hell, he will be the best! Glory to Russia!"

Prigozhin was listed as a passenger on a private jet which crashed on Wednesday evening north of Moscow with no survivors, the Russian authorities said.

(Writing by Maxim Rodionov; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)