Epstein died early Saturday morning after he seemingly hanged himself in his jail cell at Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC), a federal jail facility in New York City.
Epstein was reportedly not on suicide watch, even though he is believed to have attempted suicide more than two weeks ago. According to news reports, there is no video of Epstein in his jail cell, and the correctional officers tasked with monitoring him had worked overtime.
A New York City medical examiner said that more time is needed to determine Epstein’s cause of death, though it is being treated as a suicide.
On Friday, a federal judge in New York unsealed thousands of pages of documents from a lawsuit against Epstein. The documents alleged that Epstein and his longtime assistant, Ghislaine Maxwell, operated an international sex trafficking ring of underage girls. Several well-known international figures are identified in the documents, including former Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell, and Prince Andrew.