Prison medical staff tried to revive Ariel Castro

Prison medical staff tried to revive Ariel Castro after he was found hanging in his prison cell but failed, according to CNN.

Castro was taken to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10.52pm local time.

Ariel Castro in the courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio. Credit: Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk

Castro's brother-in-law, Juan Alicea, told CNN that the family was notified by a warden at about 1 am.

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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.