US attorney general says 'appalled' to learn of Epstein's death

Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead

In this file photo taken on May 1, 201, US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON - US Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Saturday he was “appalled” to learn of Jeffrey Epstein’s death from an apparent suicide while in federal custody.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” he said, adding that he had consulted with the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, who is opening an investigation into the circumstances around the death.

The FBI also is investigating, Barr said.

Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which operates the lower Manhattan jail, confirmed on Saturday.