Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his prison cell in New York while awaiting trial for child sex trafficking charges, officials have said.
The billionaire reportedly hanged himself in his Lower Manhattan prison cell, according to multiple US reports.
His body was found in the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York on Saturday morning at around 7.30am.
Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged the 66-year-old with sex trafficking girls as young as 14.
Epstein was already a registered sex offender after being found guilty of soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008. He spent 18 months in prison.
Epstein’s extensive network of high-profile people in the upper echelons of society reached around the world.
He hosted Bill Clinton at a private Caribbean island called Little St James, and flew Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker to Africa as part of a humanitarian project. Prince Andrew is known to have gone on holidays with Epstein up until around 2010.
Epstein was also an associate of Donald Trump and previously a regular at the US president’s Mar-a-Lago club.