US Confirms Hensley Is Dead

Family is told Hensley is dead

The family of an American hostage in Iraq has received the official news that he's dead. A family spokesman says US officials confirm that the headless body that was turned over to them yesterday in Iraq is that of Hensley.

He was kidnapped in Iraq last week along with another American -- who was also beheaded this week. Another man, a British contractor, was also taken captive.

The family received the news today -- on what would have been Hensley's 49th birthday.

Earlier today, Hensley's brother, Ty Hensley, said his brother's wife was "extraordinarily devastated."