Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was ruled as suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said on Aug. 16.
Chief medical examiner of New York City Dr. Barbara Sampson said her ruling came following a “careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.”
Epstein had been arrested on sex trafficking charges in early July and was denied bail by a judge. He pleaded not guilty.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Aug. 10, and was pronounced dead hours later.
Epstein’s death caused public and official outrage over how such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unmonitored. His death led to a torrent of conspiracy theories focusing on the high-profile people who moved in Epstein’s social circle, including former President Bill Clinton.
Meanwhile, Epstein’s former cellmate was cleared of wrongdoing in an incident that left the disgraced financier semiconscious in his cell before his death and prompted him to be placed on suicide watch.
The FBI and the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General are now investigating the matter.
For his part, Attorney General William Barr said officials have uncovered “serious irregularities” at the jail.
Speculation that Epstein was murdered ramped up Thursday after The Washington Post reported that the autopsy found broken bones in the financier’s neck.
Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, told The Washington Post that the hyoid bone can be broken in a number of ways. However, he said that it is more associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.
“If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging,” Arden said.