Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile who was arrested last month for allegedly operating an underage sex trafficking ring and raping dozens of underage girls, has reportedly committed suicide.
ABC News and the New York Post independently confirmed Epstein’s death Saturday morning.
Although the exact circumstances of Epstein’s death are not yet known, ABC News reported that Epstein committed suicide sometime Friday night. Meanwhile, the Post reported that officials wheeled a man on a gurney out of the Manhattan Correctional Center early Saturday morning.
The New York Times reported that Epstein hung himself and his body was discovered inside his jail cell around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Epstein’s death comes just two weeks after jail officials placed him on continuous suicide watch after he was found unresponsive in his jail cell with self-inflicted marks on his neck.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey upon arriving from Paris on a private jet. He had pleaded not guilty and was denied bail because officials considered him a flight risk.
Almost immediately as the news broke, questions arose of how and why jail officials did not prevent Epstein from further harming himself since inmate suicides are considered preventable deaths.
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