The State ruled Epstein committed suicide, while his private lawyers claim murder.
He was pronounced dead on being found unconscious on what the state ruled to be a second suicide attempt just before his trial. He was not on suicide watch despite warning signs. His private lawyers and a pathologist hired by his brother Dr. Baden, however, claim that he was murdered due to "unusual fractures" found on his neck in the autopsy and claiming he was in danger from other inmates. This has fuelled conspiracy theories about his murder, leading the FBI to probe if his death was "the result of a criminal enterprise" due to his high profile connections and involvements. The medical examiner's office, however, stands "firmly" by their finding that it was a suicide hanging.