Dina Araz is dead.

That's the word from 20th Century Fox Television, the producer of "24" (search), which yesterday put to rest any speculation that Araz survived her apparent execution Monday night on the Fox suspense series.

The murder of Araz, the Middle-Eastern femme fatale played by Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (search) ("House of Sand and Fog"), took place out of camera range, leading some viewers to wonder if she was really dead.

A spokesman for the production company said the confirmation of her death comes straight from "24" creator/executive producer Joel Surnow.

On the series, Dina Araz was a wife and mother whose family appeared to live a normal life in a Los Angeles suburb, but were actually fanatical terrorists participating in a plot to sabotage the nation's nuclear power plants.

In the episode — the 14th "hour" of the "real-time" series — Dina was executed under orders from the leader of her terror cell after he discovered she had betrayed him.

She was led to a rear room and shot twice at close range by one of the terrorists. He was visible, but she was not — leading some viewers to believe, against overwhelming odds, that she is still alive.