The chief medical examiner for New York City on Wednesday stood by her office’s earlier conclusion that billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s death was indeed a suicide following disputes from a forensic pathologist his brother had hired.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson issued a statement reaffirming her office’s conclusion that the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s death was hanging, and that the manner of death was suicide.
“We continue to share information around the medical investigation with Mr. Epstein’s family, with their representatives and their pathology consultant. The original medical investigation was thorough and complete. There is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office,” Sampson noted.
Her statement came after remarks by a former New York City medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, who hinted that Epstein may have been strangled.
Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, hired Baden to observe the autopsy conducted by city officials.
“I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide,” Baden said during an appearance on Fox News.
He noted that Jeffrey Epstein had a pair of fractures — one on the left and one on the right — of his larynx, with another on the left hyoid bone. Baden called those “extremely unusual” in suicidal hangings and more common in homicidal strangulation.
“I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case,” he said. “The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in,” he said.
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found unconscious in his cell Aug. 10 while being held in federal custody on sex trafficking charges.