The autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein's body confirmed that the death of the former fund manager was caused by a suicide by hanging, said Friday the head of the forensic department of the city of New York, Barbara Sampson.
This announcement contradicts a multitude of conspiracy theories that have circulated on social networks since the death last weekend of the billionaire while he was in pre-trial detention for underage sex trafficking.
Epstein's lawyers said they were “not satisfied” with the forensic findings and intend to conduct their own investigation. They said they were looking for CCTV footage from the prison.
Jeffrey Epstein, who was 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan on Saturday, where he was detained after his arrest on July 6.
The former fund manager, who included Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic President Bill Clinton among his friends, was accused of recruiting dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005.
Barbara Sampson stated that she made her findings after a “meticulous review of all investigative items including autopsy results”. “Cause of death: Hanging method: Suicide,” she said in a statement, without further details.
Details of the results of the autopsy have “leaked” in the press in recent days.
Two sources in law enforcement told Reuters on Thursday that the businessman had broken necks in several places, confirming reports first reported by the Washington Post.