Report confirms Ariel Castro's death was suicide

A second report on the death of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has found that he did commit suicide in his prison cell.

A state prisons report last month suggested Castro may have accidentally hanged himself while attempting to achieve a sexual thrill.

Ariel Castro had been sentenced to a life sentence plus 1,000 years. Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

However the latest report says all available evidence, including a shrine-like display in Castro's cell and an increasing tone of frustration in his prison journal, point to suicide.

53-year-old Castro had just begun serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years for imprisoning and raping three women in his shuttered house for a decade.

Castro was found hanging in his cell in September.