Financier Jeffrey Epstein ‘found dead in cell’ in New York

Financier Jeffrey Epstein who was indicted on sex trafficking charges, died overnight by apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell, according to multiple reports Saturday morning.

His body was found at 07:30 local time (11:30 GMT) on Saturday at a facility in New York.

He was reportedly on suicide watch following an earlier incident in which he was found injured in his cell.

Epstein, 66, had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail.

Last month, shortly after he was denied bail, he was found semi-conscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. He was treated at a nearby hospital, reports say, before being returned to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

The facility is widely considered to be one of the most secure in the country.

Epstein’s death comes a day after hundreds of pages of court documents were released that revealed new allegations against him and some of his associates.

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