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Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was found dead in his Ohio cell by way of an apparent suicide Tuesday (September 3) night, according to a press statement made by correction officials.

Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Corrections Reception Center in Orient, Ohio around 9:20 p.m. according to the state’s Department of Corrections spokesperson, JoEllen Smith.

From the press statement:

Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals. Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.

Castro, responsible for holding a trio of young women against their will in his home, was sentenced on August 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the kidnapping, torture, physical assault and r@pe of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.

Ohio state police and the Ohio Department Of Corrections are further investigating Castro’s death.

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