On Saturday morning, United States financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested earlier this year on sex trafficking charges, was reportedly found dead in his prison cell.
WATCH: ABC News Special Report: Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide overnight in his Lower Manhattan jail cell where he had been held pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges, three law enforcement officials told @ABC News. https://t.co/62ck8x1HNG pic.twitter.com/Ugd5VZjHZj
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2019
CNBC reports Epstein was found according to “three officials familiar with the matter.”
Those sources told the outlet: “Epstein hanged himself in Manhattan’s MCC jail. He was found at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.”
Jeffrey Epstein 'found dead in cell' https://t.co/9MUDvsv6BG
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 10, 2019
The New York Post reports:
Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources told the Post Saturday.
A gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center around 7:30 a.m. and headed to New York Downtown Hospital. A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38 a.m., Fire Department sources said.
The multimillionaire financier was being held without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges.
Epstein was busted July 6 over the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his Upper East Side townhouse and his waterfront mansion in Palm, Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005. He pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison.
NBC News: Jeffrey Epstein killed himself at Manhattan's MCC jail. He was found unresponsive at 7:30am today. Officials say he hanged himself.
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) August 10, 2019
The New York Post also reports that Epstein was recently placed under suicide watch while he awaited his court date.
CNBC confirmed the suicide watch-status, reporting: “He was previously put on suicide watch after he was found semi-conscious on July 23 with marks on his neck on the floor of his jail cell”:
Epstein was supposed to be on suicide watch https://t.co/3hqqf2oDpr
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) August 10, 2019
How does one on 24/7 suicide watch commit…suicide? #JefferyEpstein
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) August 10, 2019
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Epstein was reportedly on suicide watch after his prior attempt. Somebody messed up bad.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) August 10, 2019