Washington: The FBI and the US Justice Department have launched investigations into the death of jailed New York billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his federal prison cell. Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell on Saturday morning, and soon afterward the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York confirmed him dead, though the autopsy was still pending, reports Efe news.
Epstein’s death occurred several weeks after he was found unconscious in his cell on July 23 with marks on his neck. Authorities were investigating whether he had tried to commit suicide. After that incident he was moved to a facility designed to prevent suicide attempts and whose efficiency local media are now questioning. His demise immediately aroused multiple reactions including that of US Attorney General William Barr, who said he was “appalled” that this could have occurred in federal government custody. “Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement. (IANS)