Accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is dead “from an apparent suicide,” officials said Saturday.
The news comes a little over two weeks after a previous suicide attempt on July 24th when he was found injured with marks on his neck and in a fetal position in his cell at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
Epstein’s death also comes just one day after a number of court docs were unsealed that provided new details regarding Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking.
NBC News reports the 66-year-old disgraced billionaire was found unresponsive in his Manhattan jail cell around 6:30 a.m. ET after apparently hanging himself.
He was taken from the jail to a hospital in Lower Manhattan, where he went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead, officials said.
Epstein was reportedly not on suicide watch at the time of his death
Jeffrey Epstein was being held after he was arrested and charged with running a sex trafficking operation which allegedly found him sexually abusing underaged girls between 2002 and 2005, with some of the girls allegedly as young as 14 years old.
According to a 2006 deposition released Friday, one alleged victim, who is now 36, said Epstein and his associates forced her to have sex with several high-powered men when she was 14
Epstein, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was facing up to 45 years in prison.