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Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, is dead by apparent suicide, found in his Manhattan jail cell
Aug. 10, 2019, 9:19 AM EDT / Updated Aug. 10, 2019, 11:36 AM EDT
By Tom Winter, Jonathan Dienst and Phil McCausland
Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, is dead by apparent suicide, according to three officials familiar with the matter.
Epstein was in his cell but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, multiple people familiar with the investigation told NBC News.
His death comes a little over two weeks ago after he was found injured and in a fetal position in his cell at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was semiconscious with marks on his neck at the time.
In July, two sources told NBC News that Epstein was on suicide watch.
His death also comes one day after a trove of court documents were unsealed providing new details about Epstein's alleged sex trafficking.
Less than 24 hours after the documents were released, officials told NBC News that Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 6:30 a.m. ET. He had apparently hanged himself.
Epstein, who was being held on federal sex trafficking charges, was transported Saturday morning from the jail to a hospital in Lower Manhattan. Upon arrival, he was in cardiac arrest, people familiar with the matter say.
The Department of Justice said Epstein was pronounced dead at the hospital. The FBI is investigating his death.
The FBI, which is investigating his death, does not normally look into suicides at a federal Bureau of Prisons facility, but given the nature of this case and out of an “abundance of caution” it has undertaken this probe, a senior law enforcement official said.
There is nothing at this point to suggest foul play in Epstein's death.