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Disgraced US financier Epstein found dead in prison

Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself, and his body was found Saturday morning, The New York Times and other media said.

FILE: This handout photo obtained July 10, 2019, courtesy of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Jeffrey Epstein from a sexual Offender/Predator Flyer in 15 July 2013. Epstein, 66, was charged on 8 July 2019 by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - US financier Jeffrey Epstein, indicted on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, committed suicide in prison, US news media reported Saturday.

He hanged himself, and his body was found Saturday morning, The New York Times and other media said.

Epstein, 66, had already been found in a cell in late July with marks on his neck after an apparent suicide attempt.

The department's Bureau of Prisons made the announcement as questions were raised as to how a high-profile inmate who had apparently attempted to kill himself last month could take his life in what is supposed to be a highly secure federal facility in downtown Manhattan.

The bureau staff began life-saving measures and Epstein was eventually rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"The FBI is investigating the incident," said the bureau.