Jeffrey Epstein Dies by Suicide in Manhattan Jail

Billionaire and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning, his death considered suicide by hanging. The financier and convicted sex offender was facing federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Law enforcement agencies confirmed to ABC News that Epstein was found hanging in his cell Saturday morning; he was then transported in cardiac arrest at 6:39 a.m. EST from Metropolitan Correctional Center to New York Downtown Hospital. Two weeks earlier on July 23rd, Epstein was found semi-conscious and injured following an alleged failed suicide attempt at Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Epstein was 66 at the time of his death. One day earlier, unsealed records implicated a number of high-profile businessmen, politicians and scientists involved in Epstein’s case.


In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to two charges of soliciting underage prostitution in the state of Florida, where he owns a home. Then-state district attorney Alexander Acosta approved what has been referred to as a “sweetheart deal” sentencing him to 13 months in prison, much of which he served on a work-release agreement out of his Palm Beach office.

The federal charges followed a Miami Herald investigation published in 2018 that revealed details of the deal and identified more than 80 women who claimed to have been sexually abused by Epstein. In July, Acosta resigned as Donald Trump’s secretary of labor due to his role in Epstein’s plea deal.

During the execution of a search warrant in July following Epstein’s arrest on federal charges, law enforcement officials seized “an extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially-nude young women or girls” at his private Upper East Side residence.”

This story is developing.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 confidential text messaging service that provides support to people in crisis when they text 741741. 

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