NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was being held in a Manhattan jail awaiting federal sex trafficking charges, died early Saturday from an apparent suicide.
Although details surrounding his death were still emerging, ABC News, which broke the story, and The New York Times quoted unidentified officials as saying that Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan cell.
The Times, which said Epstein hanged himself, quoted officials as saying his body was found at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
CNN and NBC News reported that Epstein was found in cardiac arrest early Saturday and taken to a hospital where he died.
Officials at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not immediately respond to inquiries seeking comment on the reported suicide.
The New York Fire Department, without naming the individual, confirmed that it received a call at 6:39 a.m. about a person in cardiac arrest at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The individual was transported to a New York hospital shortly.
It was not immediately clear how Epstein could have killed himself. Three weeks ago he reportedly was placed on suicide watch after being found unconscious in his cell in Metropolitan Correctional Center. He had suffered injuries to his neck in what appeared to be a suicide attempt or jailhouse assault.
Epstein, 66, an investment banker banker who counted among his powerful connections Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, had pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking and allegedly sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida.