The Fourth Pirate was one of three Somali pirates killed in the Gulf of Aden in April 2009 after seizing control of the MV Maersk Alabama and holding Captain Richard Phillips captive in a lifeboat. After the group's leader, Abduwali Muse, was lured onto the navy destroyer USS Bainbridge, the Fourth Pirate and the other two pirates were gunned down by Navy SEALs, and Phillips was rescued. Muse was taken into custody. The Fourth Pirate's real identity has never been revealed in English-language press reports.
Nour Najee, the antagonist Somali pirate from Captain Phillips (2013), resembles the Fourth Pirate. Najee is portrayed by Somali-American actor Faysal Ahmed.