– Written by @DanielleBTV
Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, according to the New York medical examiner’s office on Friday.
Epstein, 66, who was charged with sexually abusing a number of underaged girls over several years, had been placed on suicide watch last month after he was found on his cell floor on July 23 with bruises on his neck. However, multiple reports say Epstein was taken off suicide watch days later. Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on August 10 and was pronounced dead hours later.
His death sparked outrage and disbelief over how one of the most high-profile inmates in the country, known for socializing with powerful people including President Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, could have gone unwatched.
The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday that the autopsy revealed that several bones in Epstein’s neck had been broken, leading many to speculate that his death was a homicide.
Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carried a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted.