High-profile people in politics and finance are likely “breathing a sigh of relief” after disgraced multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was found dead from an apparent suicide early Saturday morning inside his Manhattan jail cell, said Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock.
The 66-year-old Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking minors, died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was transported to the New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival, officials said.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that the FBI would be investigating the death.
“Apparently he was supposed to be on suicide watch. Given how high profile a suspect he is, you’d think there would be a doctor in there …. and cameras and lights to make sure nothing like this happen,” he said.
“The fact he was able to either commit suicide or somebody got to him – who knows what happened because so little information here – it is amazing.”
“The fact he was able to either commit suicide or somebody got to him – who knows what happened, because so little information here – it is amazing.”
The Fox News contributor went on to stress that Epstein’s alleged crimes implicated a lot of high-profile individuals, perhaps most notably former President Bill Clinton who occasionally flew on Epstein’s airplane.
“What was Bill Clinton’s involvement in any of this, if any, what was the involvement of high-profile people in finance, politics etc.,” Murdock said. “There are a lot of very high-profile people who may be breathing a sigh of relief that this witness of all those allegations no longer is with us.”
“There are a lot of very high-profile people who may be breathing a sigh of relief that this witness of all those allegations no longer is with us.”
The death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault.
The New York City medical examiner's office told Fox News that an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
Murdock notes that an investigation will have to answer “what really happened at that cell” and what was the exact cause of his death. “I'm very curious to see the autopsy results,” he said.
Murdock added: “The bigger ongoing question is these people accused of being involved in [Epstein’s crimes] … do they just walk or do the prosecutors go after those people?”
Fox News’ Lucia Suarez Sang, Bryan Llenas contributed to this report.