Ariel Castro was being held in protective custody

Ariel Castro was being held in protective custody in isolation from other inmates at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio when he was found dead last night.

According to media reports in the US, he was being checked on every 30 minutes.

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Ariel Castro found dead in cell

Ariel Castro, who held three women captive for a decade in the US state of Ohio, has been found dead in his cell, a prison official has confirmed.