Three officials familiar with the matter say financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died by apparent suicide. He was found in a federal jail in Manhattan. Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, died by apparent suicide Saturday morning while in federal custody, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Epstein, 66, was in his federal jail cell in downtown Manhattan but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, multiple people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. He had apparently hanged himself, and was found unresponsive at around 6:30 a.m. ET. Attorney General William Barr said he was 'appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead' while in federal custody. He said he has consulted with the Department of Justice's inspector general, who is opening an investigation into the circumstances.