New York Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson conducted an autopsy on disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein Sunday, but initial reports were “inconclusive.” Today Sampson released a brief statement after “careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.” Just yesterday media outlets were circulating reports that the accused sex trafficker was in good spirits just hours before his death, and that the autopsy found broken bones in his neck.
The extenuating circumstances ramped up speculation that the financier was murdered. However, medical examiner Barbara Sampson announced today that suicide was in fact the cause of death. In response to the rumors and theories being devoured like kids in a candy shop this week Sampson noted that, “all forensic investigations, all information must by synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”
TMZ detailed “The New York City Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death, refuting conspiracy theories that the disgraced financier may have been murdered” and that his “blood vessels in his eyes popped when his air supply was cut off by the bed sheet that was wrapped around his neck. We were told he suffered petechial hemorrhaging…which occurs when someone hangs himself or is strangled or smothered.” Nonetheless, “authorities say they’re confident this was a hanging.”
What is to become of the body? A source told NBC News Wednesday that his body has been claimed by an unidentified “associate.”