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Ariel Castro, Cleveland kidnapper dead; Found hanging in jail cell

ORIENT, Ohio — Convicted rapist Ariel Castro was found dead in his cell Tuesday night, according to officials with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Castro was being held at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, serving a life in prison sentence for kidnapping and raping Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight and holding them hostage for a decade.

According to Joellen Smith, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Castro was found hanging in his cell at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Castro had been in protective custody and in the cell by himself, according to Smith.

After finding Castro, prison medical staff began performing life-saving measures. He was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

A review of the incident is underway.

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(Photo Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)