Accused sex trafficker and multimillionaire Jeffery Epstein carried out an “apparent suicide” overnight, according to officials on Saturday morning, following his failed attempt to kill himself in July.
His death was discovered at 7:30 a.m. but the exact circumstances are unclear at this point. However, several news outlets reported that it was a suicide by hanging.
Last month, the financier was found half-conscious in his prison cell with injuries to his neck and was treated at a nearby hospital, reports say, before returning to his cell at New York State’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Epstein, 66, had previously pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail.
Accused of paying girls under the age of 18 to perform sexual acts at his Manhattan and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, he was arrested on July 6 after landing in New Jersey on his private jet.
Lisa Bloom, a lawyer representing several of Epstein’s accusers, said in response to the death that “we would have preferred he lived to face justice”.
She added that civil cases will proceed against the financier’s estate, adding that “we’re just getting started.”
Epstein’s death comes less than 24 hours after the court unsealed a large pile of documents that laid out the disturbing details about what the accused did to underage girls and those that may have been bystanders.
Conspiracies and rumours are awash on social media and across the news sphere as details are revealed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death, according to a statement from the prison.
A unverified and anonymous source told NBC News that Jeffery Epstein was not on a constant suicide watch. He was housed in his own cell and was alone, according to the reporting.
Epstein had connections with the rich and powerful across the United States, including current President Donald Trump, who has denied knowing about the sex trafficking, and former President Bill Clinton, among others.
Trump and Epstein are connected in a lawsuit that was put forward by Katie Johnson accusing the president of raping her when she was 13 years old, a move that was met with skepticism on the part of journalists.
The woman withdrew the lawsuit shortly before the election in 2016, and there has been no further legal accusations of Trump wrongdoing connected to Epstein.
Trump in recent years, as Epstein has gotten into trouble, has tried through his lawyers to downplay the connections between himself and the financier.