The victims of Ariel Castro - Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry - have been made aware of his suicide, but will not be commenting, according to a CNN editor.
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Labour strongholds tended to remain so - apart from a major loss for the party in Dudley.
Labour suffered a "terrible" defeat in Rhondda but has already won 16 Welsh Assembly seats as it looks to record a fifth term in office.
UKIP have made further gains in the local elections in the Anglia region and the Conservatives have won back control in Peterborough.