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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.

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Report: Ariel Castro 'found hanging in his cell'

Prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith is cited as saying that Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell at 9:30pm (2:30am UK time) last night.

Prison medical staff performed CPR before he was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, she said.

Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.

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