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Jeffrey Epstein dies of apparent suicide in Manhattan jail

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(WTNH)–Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein,66, died of an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail Saturday morning.

Sources tell ABC News Epstein hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons released a statement saying Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a.m.

He was later transported to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, and was later pronounced dead, according to the FBP statement.

ABC News reports Jeffrey Epstein was placed on suicide watch last month after he was found unresponsive with what sources at the time described as marks on his neck. The circumstances of what led to a brief hospitalization have never been fully explained.

Epstein was removed from formal suicide watch July 29 and returned to MCC’s high security special housing unit. The reason for his removal from suicide watch is part of the investigation initiated by the FBI, According to ABC News.

Attorney General William Barr issued a statement saying,

“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

Attorney General William P. Barr

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman released a statement Saturday afternoon saying,

“Earlier this morning, the Manhattan Correctional Center confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein, who faced charges brought by this Office of engaging in the sex trafficking of minors, had been found unresponsive in his cell and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter of an apparent suicide.  Today’s events are disturbing, and we are deeply aware of their potential to present yet another hurdle to giving Epstein’s many victims their day in Court. To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you, and our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment – which included a conspiracy count – remains ongoing. We continue to urge anyone who feels they may be a victim or have information related to the conduct in this case to please contact 1-800- CALL FBI.”

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman

Epstein was charged last month for sex trafficking girls as young as 14. Several photos of these girls were found in his Manhattan mansion.

Court records released Friday said that Epstein refused to respond to allegations that he created such a sex trafficking ring to bring girls to him. He also pleaded not guilty.

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