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Ariel Castro, the convicted kidnapper and rapist who held three women captive for a decade in his Cleveland home, is dead at 53. He committed suicide in his prison cell last night in central Ohio.

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JoEllen Smith, a spokesperson for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said Castro was found hanging in his cell last night and could not be resuscitated. He was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead at 10:52pm last night.

OK! News: The three victims of Ariel Castro released a video statement in July—watch here!

Smith also said that Castro was in protective custody because of his case, meaning he was kept away from other prisoners and was checked every 30 minutes. The three women who were held captive by Castro for ten years escaped on May 6. They have not yet responded to news of his death.

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