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Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who faced federal sex trafficking charges, died early Saturday in his New York jail cell in an apparent suicide, according to media reports.

ABC News and The New York Times quoted officials as saying that Epstein died in his Manhattan cell. ABC quoted three unidentified officials.

The Times, which said Epstein hanged himself, quoting unidentified officials as saying his body was found at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

CNN and NBC News reported that Epstein was found in cardiac arrest and taken to a hospital where h

Officials at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the reported suicide

It was not immediately clear how Epstein could have killed himself if he was under suicide watch after being found unconscious three week ago in his cell in Metropolitan Correctional Center. He had suffered injuries to his neck in what appeared to be a suicide attempt or jailhouse assault.

Epstein, 66, an investment banker banker who counted among his powerful connections Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, had pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking and allegedly sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida.

He was convicted in 2008 on Florida charges of soliciting and procuring a person under 18 for prostitution.

He avoided what could have been a lengthy prison sentence under a plea deal with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta. The deal drew intense scrutiny and led Acosta to resign as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary.

Epstein’s death came within 24 hours after long-sealed documents in a defamation case were released by a federal court.

The documents included depositions of years of alleged sex acts involving underage girls. The material, released as a result of petitions by the Miami Herald and other news media, included sordid allegations involving prominent individuals. 

The documents included police reports, flight logs and even a purported memoir by a woman who says she was a victim of Epstein’s when she was a teenager.

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